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Turpin Children All Placed In Homes, Communicate Frequently By Skype

"House of Horrors" siblings have all been released from the hospital and are staying in three different homes.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The 13 Turpin children are continuing to do well as they transition from their family home and back into modern society.

The siblings, who were allegedly kept starved and captive by their parents in the so-called "House of Horrors" were recovering at the hospital but have all now been placed into three separate homes in Riverside County, reports CNN.

The siblings, who range from age 2 to 29, were released from the Corona Regional Medical Center after being discovered by authorities. 

As previously reported, the Turpin children were allegedly kept captive at their California home by their parents, David and Louise Turpin. A 17-year-old daughter escaped and went to the police, bringing the case to light.

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 shackled the children and tied them up as punishment.

Corona Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Uffer said that the siblings were recovering for the last two months.

"We're hopeful they can now learn a lot of life skills, from shopping for groceries to cooking," he said. "For all the things that have allegedly been done to them, they still have the capacity to love and trust people who have been good to them. Their spirit has not been crushed."

A source shared that the large family has remained close, despite being in separate homes, by using Skype. 

"The children all talk regularly via Skype. They are all happy to be in another place," the source said.

On Monday, the adult children were reported to have been released from the hospital. Their lawyer, Jack Osborn, said that the children were adjusting well.

“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."

David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges after being arrested in January. These include torture, false imprisonment, abuse of a dependent adult and child abuse. They face life sentences if convicted.

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