Update on the recovery of the adult Turpin children


New charges were added Friday in the case of the Perris couple accused of torturing their children and holding them captive.

Their horrific abuse was revealed when their 17-year-old daughter escaped out a window on January 14 and used a deactivated cell phone to call the only number it could - 911.

Last month, David Allen Turpin, 56, and Louise Ann Turpin, 49, were charged with 12 counts each of torture and false imprisonment, as well as six counts of child abuse and seven counts of cruelty to a dependent adult. The father also pleaded not guilty on one charge of a lewd act to a child. They can't be within 100 yards of their children or attempt to get their addresses, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. Some residents in the neighborhood said that the Turpin family typically kept a messy, unkempt yard, while neighbor Andria Valdez joked that they reminded her of the Cullen vampire family, from the fictional "Twilight" book and film series. None of the children were allowed to shower a few times a year.

A Riverside County judge issued a protective order last month to prevent the Turpin from talking to or being within 100 yards of their children until 2021.

Another neighbor, Robert Perkins, said he once complimented the family when he saw a few of them constructing a Nativity scene in their front yard a fews years ago. Then the couple began using chains and padlocks, Hestrin said.

The children were rescued from a home in Perris, California, almost six weeks ago.

The lawyers for the children gave the first update on them in weeks, saying the younger six are split between two foster homes while the ones who are legally adults have been recovering in a medical center.

"That in itself is a new experience for them, understanding that they do have rights and they do have a voice", attorney Jack Osborn told CBS News' Mireya Villarreal.

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The adults are now looking forward to completing their education and thinking about what careers they might pursue, Osborn said.

They say the hospital staff have converted a portion of the hospital to suit the needs of the adult Turpins, giving them outdoor space to exercise and play sports. They will return for a settlement conference hearing set for March 23.

They're also trying to adjust to their newfound freedom.

He said that making daily decisions such as what to read or wear is empowering.

Corona mayor Karen Spiegel has been working with the nurses who cared for the children, and indicated that the children are humble and appreciative of little things that many people take for granted.

While they haven't been able to be reunited with their younger siblings yet, they keep in contact with them via Skype.

Mr Osborn said the older siblings mainly want to go to the beach, the movies or the mountains and some have expressed interest in attending university.

"I just want you to understand just what special individuals they are", Osborn told reporters.