Upon their release from imprisonment in 2018, the 13 siblings of California were greeted by an unknown world.
As per Jordan Turpin’s interview with Diane Sawyer, a park was the first location Jordan Turpin and her two sisters went after escaping their parents’ “House of Horrors” and finding aid for themselves and their siblings. It had made her feel so happy that she likened the experience to being in a paradise.
The Turpin children had been abused and malnourished for much of their lives until they were rescued from an underground bunker. When the kids didn’t follow home rules, such as not touching their parents’ meals or staying sitting until told differently, they were shackled to their beds or locked in cages.
It seemed like the Turpin case had come to a conclusion when the parents were arrested in 2018 and convicted of 14 felony charges of cruelty to an adult dependant and child abuse, torture, and false imprisonment, but appearances and reality aren’t always in sync.
It was revealed that the Turpin siblings had a bumpy path ahead of them after their rescue, which was verified by a few courageous county officials who wanted to expose the faulty system in their community.
District Attorney Mike Hestrin of Riverside County believes that citizens have a right and a responsibility to know what their government did or did not do to help these victims. They had the worst instance of abuse he’d ever seen, maybe even the worst in California history, and yet they couldn’t provide the most basic essentials for the children they cared for.
After escaping the “House of Horrors,” the seven Turpin youngsters were taken up by foster families. Their health, nourishment, safety, housing, and education were all taken care of by a court-appointed public guardian.
New atrocities are said to have ensued as a result of this. Children were reportedly harmed over a lengthy period of time in one of the foster homes where numerous Turpins resided. A foster parent said to one of the Turpin kids that she knows why her parents kept her tied up in a foster home.
Siblings with little or no life skills training have reportedly been refused basic care by their public guardian, who moved them to high-violence areas. Asked by ABC News, they said that their guardian was frequently hesitant to provide basic help, such as teaching them how to utilise public transit or cross the street safely.
Several of the older children, such as Jordan, have been homeless for an extended period of time and have become malnourished as a result.
ABC News investigative reporter David Scott said that after their release, the Turpin siblings received more than $600,000 in contributions from strangers.
Scott claimed that the majority of the funds were deposited into a court-supervised trust account and are thus not subject to public scrutiny. However, the Turpin he talked with said that this money is difficult to get and that County authorities refused to reveal how much had been spent.
LaDoris H. Cordell, a former judge, stated that he is horrified to think that individuals who have been exploited in a system designed to heal them are being subjected to things like this.
However, the Turpins have a lot of experience in coping with adversity. They’re altogether in a foster home now, and the kids are content, according to their foster parents, with their new situation. Others, however, are relying on one another and figuring out how to make it.
Jordan says it happens to be a wonderful moment when the siblings are together and it feels like home.
How things go from here for the siblings we do not know yet but Observer Desk will keep you updated with the Turpin Siblings.