KFI News Reporter Kris Ankarlo was on scene today for the preliminary hearing on David and Louise Turpin. We've watched this story develop since breaking in January of this year. Take a look at some live tweets from court today.
I’ve spent far too much time in media lines at courthouses lately. David & Louise Turpin are back in court today in Riverside for prelim hearing. pic.twitter.com/zerpXUhILw— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
She tells the 911 operator that she’s never been out after the operator asks if she’s near home. For the address she gives the zip code.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
She doesn’t know her mom’s age. Asked about the older siblings the girl says none of the kids are allowed to move out. She says she doesn’t know what medicine is.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
When asked by the 9-1-1 operator if any of the children attend school, the 17-year-old says that although her mother tells others they are in private school, she has not completed 1st grade. She also warns that the family is gearing up to move to Oklahoma.
Girl says the kids are chained up when they do something wrong. Says her sisters were crying through the night asking her to call someone for help, which is why she ran away.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
The child begins to discuss their living condition in detail, stating that her last bath was 1 year ago. When attempting to show the RCSD deputy who picked her up a scar on her foot, he was unable to see due to the dirt.
Girl told deputy leaving the house was one of the scariest things she had ever done. She left the house through bedroom window. She said she was rarely allowed outside.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
"The girl couldn’t tell the deputy the date. She knew the year and the first month of the year, but she didn’t know the name of the month. She said she was planning the escape for two years. She had been trying to get ahold of a cell phone."
She tells the deputy about how her sisters were able to slip out of chains once and then mother put the chains on even tighter. She says they spend about 20 hours a day in her room with her sisters. She was only allowed to leave to eat, use the restroom and to brush her teeth.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
Louise Turpin shows her first real sign of emotion when the daughter tells of a time the children were chained up for taking candy from the kitchen.
The daughter then goes on to recall her last doctors visit being in 2014 and before that when she was a baby.
The kids weren’t allowed to exercise, so the girl tells the deputy she walked back and forth in her room for exercise.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
"The girl tells the deputy that the only time they were treated well was around Christmas time. The “good treatment” would last two days to two weeks...and then everyone would go back to rooms and chains."
The girl says her mother told her “you want to die and go to hell” while choking her. The girl said she thought she was going to die, said her neck was sore for the next two days.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
"The girl told the deputy she had access to social media with the help of an older sister, said almost everything she knows is b/c of that sister. Says she feels like she has nothing in her brain. Says she tried to reach out to someone on Twitter in India."
She then admits that her father tried on many occasions to sexually abuse her.
Girl said her father told her he better not tell anyone. She told the deputy her father would try to force kisses on her mouth. Girl said it happened at least four, possibly as many as ten times. She says the last time that happened was when she was 14-15.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
PD moves on to the accusation of sexual abuse. Deputy says the father was clothed and there was no other touching, after very directed questioning.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
"At Riverside County homes the meals were prepared by older sister. The kids would come out one at a time, stand at the counter eat and return to their bedrooms. The sister would call kids out one by one."
The 22-year-old had been chained and tied up for about 6.5 years. He said it started with ropes and then chains. He said he used his teeth to escape the ropes, so the parents switched to small chains, he got out of those so they switched to heavier chains.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
"Some focus on scars that the 22-year-old had on his head, detective says they were accidentally, but they happened during the time when the #Turpin kids were living on their own in Texas. Prosecutors hammering at the point that no mom or dad was there to take him to ER."
The girl told the detective she was chained up, for taking stuff. Said there were dark places on her arms. Detective says he saw dirt caked on both of her arms.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
"A picture of her arm is shown in court....the clean spots on her arm mark where the chains were. (It looks like when you wears flip flops in a dusty place and then take them off and see the outline of the flip-flops is marked by a lack of dust.)"
Prosecutors now showing photos of clothing worn by kids. The first is of one of the boys, they were heavy and soiled and smelled putrid. The next is of one of the girls, same as above but the underwear is covered in what appears to be old blood.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018
This is going to be carried over to tomorrow at 10am.— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) June 20, 2018