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Turpin family – ’House of Horrors’ kids who suffered years of torture will be SPLIT UP despite their desperate plea to stay together now they’re free

THE 13 siblings found shackled and emaciated in a squalid California home will not be able to live together, it has been reported.

The siblings who endured years of enforced captivity and torture at the hands of their parents, David and Louise Turpin, reportedly told social services they wish to stay together.

But CBS reports the six minors will be split up across two foster homes while the seven adults will go to an assisted living facility.

It is unclear why the children, who all reported "diminished mental ability", cannot stay together.

The siblings, aged between two and 29, were found after one of them escaped through the window of their Perris home and called police.

Their parents David and Louise Turpin – who were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment – will appear in court on Wednesday, as prosecutors ask a judge to ban them from ever contacting their kids again.

The court proceeding is the latest step as authorities seek to sever ties between the kids and parents, who have pleaded not guilty to torture, abuse and other charges.

Riverside County prosecutors are seeking a protective order that would prohibit the Turpins from having any contact with their children, district attorney's office spokesman John Hall said.

The case has attention from around the world and around 20 people from across the US, including nurses and psychologists, have offered to take the seven adult children and six minors and keep them together.

The Riverside University Health System Foundation, which is collecting money for the siblings, so far has received 1,500 donations totaling $120,000 (£85,000).

It's not clear what motivated the Turpins to live a secluded life with their large brood or what went on in the house.

But parents convicted in similar cases exerted control over their children though intimidation, psychological and physical coercion, and frequently possessed their own belief system, claims Attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez.

He said: "They develop a kind of cultish doomsday type of religion where the father becomes this mythical leader and the mother and children's duty is to serve the father."

Rodriguez was a longtime Riverside County prosecutor who sent Jessica Banks, a pastor and mother, to prison for life for beating, starving and drugging her five adopted daughters, who were kept locked in her garage.


Mike Clifford Jr, 30, who lived opposite the family's previous address in Murrieta, California, said he saw the kids marching up and down inside their two-storey house "military style" late at night and thought they were part of "some kind of cult".

"At night time all the kids would walk back and forth on the second storey," he told Sun Online.

"We could see them through the windows. I'd never see them during the day except I saw two of the sisters go check the mail once.

The Turpin family lived in a property in Rio Vista, Texas, until 2010 – and one neighbour dubbed it "The Religious Compound". Shelli Vinyard told CBS 11: "I thought it was like a religious compound over there.

She said the family home-schooled their children and "kept them away from anybody" but appeared to be friendly and their kids played together.

But then she asked one of the girls her name and she replied they weren't allowed to tell people their names.

After that the children wouldn't play with Vinyard's kids any more.

The Turpin children appeared to be cut off from the outside world, despite taking trips to Disneyland and Las Vegas, where the parents renewed wedding vows in a service presided over by an Elvis impersonator.

"They weren't allowed to watch TV. They weren't allowed to have friends over the normal things that kids do," the children's aunt, Teresa Robinette, told NBC's "Today" show.

Individuals held under such conditions often become so physically and emotionally weak "that they are unable to free themselves, even if an opportunity arises," said Dr Allen Keller, who runs the Bellevue-NYU Center for Survivors of Torture in New York.

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