The 13 siblings imprisoned by their parents in a California “horror house” were given just one meal a day and only allowed to shower twice a year, according to a horrific new report.
A law enforcement source told NBC that rooms in the four-bedroom house were found soaked with urine.
The news comes as investigators try to obtain statements from the adult children, who are being treated in Corona Regional Medical Center while doctors are treating their underage siblings at a separate facility.
Their parents, David and Louise Turpin, were arrested Monday after their 17-year-old daughter escaped the house — where three children were later found shackled to furniture — and alerted police they were being held against their will. The couple faces nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment.
The victims’ ages range from 2 to 29, but investigators say they all look much younger, likely from stunted growth due to malnourishment.
Caretakers are feeding the kids and giving them vitamins and antibiotics, but they fear the sudden influx of nutrients could send the malnourished kids into shock, NBC reported.
The older children are getting something else they had been denied — television.
“They can watch TV, and they are watching videos. We have a game system we brought in,” said Mark Uffer, chief executive officer of Corona Regional Medical Center.
Photos taken after the family decamped from a Texas home in 1999 and published Wednesday show grime-caked floors, sordid walls and, bizarrely, scratch marks on the backs of doors.
Source: N Y Post (Max Jaeger)
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