Video of Captive Siblings 'Escaping' Surfaces Amid New Details About Their Parents


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The shocking story of the Turpin family has completely disturbed the nation. In the days since the initial discovery of the 13 shackled, malnourished siblings living in a "squalid" home with their parents in Perris, California, more horrific details have emerged about the family's strange history. With the reveal of these details also comes new surveillance footage that may show some of the Turpin kids "escaping" their home

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Recently released surveillance footage taken from a camera across the street from David and Louise Anna Turpin's residence shows some of the children filing out of the home one after another. While it is unknown whether the footage was captured before or after the parents' arrest, some of the siblings can be seen piling into a silver van parked in the driveway.

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This stunning footage comes on the tail end of reports that reveal even more damning details about the parents' life and history of abuse. According to Louise Turpin's brother, Billy Lambert, the kids may not have been the only victims of abuse. He told People that Louise, the children's mother, met her husband, David, in church when she was just 16 and he was 24. Lambert said Louise was "kidnapped" by Turpin shortly after, taken across state lines and forced into marriage. After police caught up with the couple, they returned to West Virginia, where Louise's father officially signed off on the marriage.

Lambert also told Inside Edition that his sister was obsessed with Kate Gosselin's show Kate Plus 8 and had dreams of being a reality television star. "I believe that my sister wanted a reality show because the very last conversation that I had with her before all this happened -- she did actually say that she feels that they would be perfect for TV at one point," Lambert revealed. 

According to the Washington Post, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said at a press conference that he believes the abuse inflicted on the Turpin children progressed over time. What began as neglect slowly became even more severe. By the time police discovered the family, the siblings, aged 2 to 29, had been shackled to furniture for long periods of time and were severely malnourished. Upon further investigation, police found the Turpins refused their children food, prohibited them from using the bathroom, and only allowed them to shower once a year. Hestrin said the children had not been to the doctor in years, many of them had never been to a dentist, and some had no idea what a police officer was. 

On Tuesday, January 23, it was revealed that David and Louise Turpin had been planning to move to a new city "within days" of their 17-year-old daughter's escape and their subsequent arrests. ABC News reports that David had gotten a transfer from his job with defense contractor Northrop Grumann from California to Oklahoma.


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Both David and Louise Turpin have been charged with 12 counts of torture, 12 counts of false imprisonment, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, and six counts of child abuse or neglect. In addition, David Turpin was charged with a lewd act on a child under 14 by force or fear of duress. 

Both parents have pleaded not guilty and are set to appear in court on February 23. David Macher, a lawyer for David Turpin, told ABC News, "What we would like the public to know is that our clients are presumed to be innocent and that's a very important presumption. We're going to provide a vigorous defense."

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