Turpin Minors To Be Split Between Foster Homes

The 13 siblings who were rescued from a Perris, California home last week will be split up into different foster homes CBS reported. A judge is also expected to rule later today on whether the parents will be allowed any contact with their kids during the trial. 

Six of the minor children, whose ages range from 2 years to 17, will be separated into two different foster homes, while the elder children will be made wards of Riverside County and placed in an adult assisted-living facility.

Law enforcement discovered the so-called Perris 'House of Horrors' after one of the children, a 17-year-old girl managed to escape through a bedroom window and contact authorities using a deactivated cellphone. Authorities say the 13 siblings were held against their will, tortured, and beaten for years by their parents, David and Louise Turpin. 

The couple has been charged with 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse or neglect, and 12 counts of false imprisonment. David Turpin has also been charged with one count of lewd act on a child. 

Authorities allege the siblings were not allowed to use the bathroom, and only allowed one shower per year. They were also fed very little and kept on a strict schedule. All thirteen children have demonstrated diminished mental capacity as a result of their treatment doctors say

Donations for the 13 siblings have been made by more than 1,500 people from all over the world. The Riverside University Health System, where the children are being treated, says they've collected more than $120,000 in donations so far. The money has been placed in a trust for the kids, a hospital rep said. 

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