Hero girl, 17, who escaped house of horrors to raise alarm ‘feared her parents would KILL her if she was caught’

THE emaciated teen daughter of the twisted parents who allegedly kept their 13 kids starved and shackled in their house of horror told cops she was terrified they would kill her if she got caught.

She climbed out of a window to alert police of her and her 12 siblings dire plight and was so malnourished cops told a press conference she physically appears more like a 10-year-old.

Riverside County sheriff's Capt. Greg Fellows said: "The conditions were horrific.

"If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished, and injuries associated with that, I would call that torture."

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested after the siblings, aged between two and 29, were found shackled at the family home in Perris, California.

According to The Mirror the starving teen was in fear for her life when she finally broke free and alerted the police.

She snuck out of a window of the unassuming family home at around 6am on Sunday, fleeing to safety before using the deactivated phone she took from the house to call 911.

After the phone call, cops raced to the scene and stunned residents has they led the troop of terrified kids out of the bungalow in the typical suburban street.

The conditions inside were said to be "horrific" with the victims given little access to food or water.

What we know so far:


Neighbours have told how they would rarely see the children – with one claiming to have been unaware there were any living at the house.

Police say Louise was "perplexed" about why authorities had arrived at their home.

Mr Turpin’s parents James and Betty, who live in West Virginia, added that their son and his wife are "deeply religious" and believed God had "called on them" to keep conceiving.

They told ABC News the children were given "very strict homeschooling" but thought when they visited they seemed like a "happy family".

The family moved to the area from Texas in 2010 and it is unclear how long the children had been kept shackled.

Andrew Santillan, who lives around the corner, told the Press Enterprise: "I had no idea this was going on. I didn't know there were kids in the house."

Neighbour Andria Valdez told the newspaper: “They only came out at night. They were really, really pale.”

Some residents said they saw the kids – who were so malnourished that cops thought the seven adults among them were children – picking up rubbish around their home and digging for food in bins, according to CBS2 News.

A few years ago, Robert Perkins said he and his mother saw a few family members constructing a Nativity scene in the Turpins' front garden and complimented them on it, but "they didn't say a word".

And Wendy Martinez, 41, told reporters she saw four of the 13 siblings in their front garden at night in October looking emaciated and pale.

She said their mother was standing in the doorway but nobody replied to her when she tried to strike up a conversation.

Cops rescued the children after one tortured teen managed to escape on Sunday.

The emaciated 17-year-old girl, who was so malnourished officers initially thought was just ten, managed to call police from a mobile phone she had taken from the house, authorities said.

She told the operator that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive by her parents and that some were bound with chains and padlocks.

When police arrived at the property, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, they discovered several children shackled to their beds in "dark and foul-smelling surrounds".

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