Kids Held Captive, Tortured by Parents Are Now 'Joyful'

The latest on the Turpin children
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2018 4:40 PM CDT
Kids Held Captive by Parents for Years Now 'Joyful'
Toys left by neighbors for the Turpin's children sit on the front of the home of David and Louise Turpin in Perris, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The six youngest Turpin children, part of the group of 13 allegedly held captive and, in the case of all but the youngest, tortured for years by their parents, are out of the hospital and in foster homes. Their seven older siblings are living together in a rural home with the family dogs, People reports. A statement from California's Corona Regional Medical Center announced the siblings' release from the hospital, and a source close to the investigation tells CNN the younger children are in two different Riverside County homes because no one home could accommodate all six. But they are in touch frequently, the source says: "The children all talk regularly via Skype. They are all happy to be in another place."

The older siblings were released from the hospital last week and are living together in a home under state care, ABC News reports. They "want to be known as survivors, not victims," their lawyer says. "They're joyful, warm, considerate. It's not all about them. They want to hear what's going on with you and me and my family. It's just really fun. It's fun to be around them. Of course, they're really full of joy about their life and the things they get to experience right now." David and Louise Turpin, whose children ranged in age from 2 to 29 when the parents were arrested in January, have pleaded not guilty to more than 40 charges including torture, false imprisonment, abuse of a dependent adult, and child abuse. (More David Turpin stories.)

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