There's some good news for the "House of Horrors" children.
Seven of the adult children in the Turpin family are experiencing freedom for the first time after allegedly being held captive at the hands of the parents. The older children have been released from the hospital and are now living together in a rural home nearby, according to ABC News.
The adult Turpin children, who range in age from 18 to 29, were released from Corona Regional Medical Center on Thursday. They were accompanied by their attorney and public guardian and taken to an undisclosed rural house. They appear to be re-entering the world on a positive start.
“The adult siblings want to be known as survivors, not victims,” said their lawyer, Jack Osborn. “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," he said. "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."
As previously reported, the Turpin children were allegedly kept captive at their California home by their parents, David and Louise Turpin. Authorities found them when a 17-year-old daughter escaped and went to the police. Authorities believe that the children were tortured and held captive by the parents, including being kept away from regular food and showers. It's alleged that the parents also shacked the children and tied them up as punishment.
Osborn says that since the children have acclimated to modern life, they are enjoying firsts like making Mexican food and ice cream sandwiches. They also have their own rooms and bedding.
"They pretty much love any food that is fresh. They love fruit, pasta and soup,” said Osborn. "They want to do things for themselves and they want to start having independent lives where they're responsible for themselves," he said. "That's the goal and that's what everyone is working toward.”
David and Louise Turpin have denied all allegations of abuse. They have been charged with a series of charges for allegedly abusing their children. They face possible life sentences.
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.