Elizabeth Jane Flores, the sister of Louise Anna Turpin, the mother of the 13 siblings found captive in their home, has told ABC News' "Good Morning America" that the family shut her out of their life.
Over the weekend, a 17-year-old girl escaped from her Perris, California home to report horrific abuse that she and her 12 siblings were enduring. Police found her siblings, some of them allegedly shackled, in the home of Lousie Anna Turpin, 49, and her husband 57-year-old David Allen Turpin.
Flores told “Good Morning America” that for years she has been trying to get in touch with her sister and her many children. They had been out of touch for nearly 20 years.
"She never let us talk to her kids," Elizabeth told the Mail Online. "She wouldn't even accept my Facebook request."
"I want to reach out to the kids, I want them to know that for years we begged to Skype, we begged to see them, the whole family,” she said.
Flores said she was shocked to hear about the alleged abuse -- 13 victims ranging in age from 2 to 29, found severely malnourished to the point that even the adults looked like children. Police said they found some of the victims bound to their beds with chains and padlocks.
“I thought they were really strict, but I didn’t see any type of abuse,” Flores, who lived with her sister and her husband for a few months when they had four children, said.
The sister revealed to “Good Morning America” that her brother-in-law made her uncomfortable. She recalled disturbing encounters.
“If I were to get in the shower, he would come in there while I was in there and watch, and it was like a joke,” Flores said, making sure to add, “He never touched me or anything.”
It is unclear if the parents have obtained lawyers yet. Both have been arrested
“The parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner,” the Sheriff’s Department has said, according to the New York Times.