CA Torture House Dad With The Bowl Haircut Is Charged With "Lewd Act on a Child"

Submitted by: fancylad 4 months ago in News & Politics


David and Louise Turpin were charged in court for their crimes holding their 13 children hostage in their own California home. Criminal charges include torture, abuse of a dependent adult, child abuse or neglect, and false imprisonment. David Turpin is charged with one count of “lewd act on a child.”

In a report from the Los Angeles Times, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin described how the children were restrained on their beds for weeks at a time and were subject to frequent beatings and strangulation. They were also allowed only one bath per year, and human scratch marks were found on doors around the house. The 17-year-old who successfully escaped and notified police had worked on an escape plan for more than two years. The pattern of abuse reportedly started when the Turpins were living in Fort Worth, TX and got worse over time. Their bail is currently set at $9 million.

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Male 613
A thought:
Texas, doesn't give a shit that a big family lives in a trailer, and effectively doesn't help the kids. 
California, gives just enough of a shit and allows a big family a house, but effectively doesn't help the kids. 
The rescue happens because one malnourished kid takes control of the situation.
His town in Texas, a small town where "everybody looks after each other. Everybody knows each other" (paraphrasing).
His town in California, Disney trips are a sign of normality. 
California, liberal, where appearance overrode necessity.
Texas, conservative, where assumption overrode necessity.
Are liberals and conservative, effectively, battling around (dancing away from) necessity?
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Male 877
I don't enjoy the "scandal of the week" nature of this story. Truth is there are perverts, psychos and deviants out there at all times that need exposure and justice. Let's not focus too hard on the sins of one and allow the rest to walk free among us.
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Male 296
First of all, this story is positively hideous; but I feel a need to share that I quickly read this as "House Dad Charged with Bowl Haircut," which gave me a moment of levity.
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Male 4,768
FYI to anyone who wants to donate.

DO NOT DONATE to any "GoFundMe".  Below is the official email from the facility where the children are being cared for:

"Thank you for your generous gift to support the Turpin siblings.
Right now immediate needs for clothing, toiletries, etc. are taken care of. Gifts to support those needs in the future, however, would be so appreciated. That can be through gifts of funds or gift cards to major retailers."
The Perris Siblings Support Fund can be reached at http://www.ruhealth.org/siblingsupportfund
Mail:
RUHS Foundation 
PO Box 9850,
Moreno Valley, CA 92552.
Thanks again,
Nicole Orr 
Senior Director of Development 
Riverside University Health System Foundation
3rd Floor Education Building
26516 Cactus Avenue
Moreno Valley, CA 92555 
T: 951-486-7620 
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Male 7,246
kalron27 Good warning, and good info. Thanks, Kalron.
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3,168
Who the hell locks their kids in a closet and then takes them to disney land?
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Male 1,164
skypirate closet? CLOSET??? Luxury, bloody luxury. When I was a child, we had to live in a shoe box in t'middle of t'road....
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Male 5,670
buttersrules You had a shoe box? You were lucky!  We dreamed of living in a shoe box.  All 18 of us lived in a septic tank.
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Male 774
daegog Septic tank? Free plumbing AND all the shit you can eat? Well look at Mr. Rockafeller over here.

In my day we lived In a rock! They didn't even hollow it out first, they just slammed you against it until you stuck!
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Male 6,841
profworm a rock??
At least you are dry.  I live in a 55 gallon drum filled with fluid
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Male 4
skypirate ehh, psycho comes to mind...
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Male 7,246
Good God. I just watched more coverage of this over on CNN. It's almost unbelievable. A 29-year-old daughter who weighs 82 pounds? Children so starved they are stunted physically and mentally? Children who were supposedly home-schooled but have no idea what a police officer does or what medication is?

Also, you've got to hand it to the 17-year-old girl who put an end to this madness by crawling out a window, calling 911, and showing police photos of her chained siblings so they'd believe her. Considering her horrific upbringing, it's amazing that she had the courage and the smarts to act as she did.
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Male 4,768
squrlz4ever Here is a horrid thought.  What if they were never discovered and the parents died?  If these kids had little to no concept of reality how would they deal with their deaths?  It's sad to think, but the 29 year old will probably never be able to recover and lead a normal life, most may not be able to over come the physical and mental underdevelopment.  Feral Child syndrome comes to mind.
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Male 7,246
kalron27 It's all horrid, both the what-ifs and the reality. Perhaps some of these children will rebound miraculously, as sometimes happens. More probably, they will suffer physical, intellectual, and emotional consequences of this upbringing the rest of their lives. The more I think about it, the angrier I get.

One question has been on my mind. Do U.S. states have a law mandating an annual social worker inspection of the homes and general welfare of children being homeschooled? If not, such a law is desperately needed. My chief concern with homeschooling is that it gives parents almost absolute control over their children. For good parents, that could be a good things. For parents like the Turpins, it is a nightmare.

Without an annual in-house inspection, who knows what's going on?
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Male 4,768
squrlz4ever It's my understanding that fire\safety inspections were to be preformed on any home school house in CA but failed to do so.  It appears they are to be annual, but there are no records in this case:

"City officials couldn't find any records that the fire marshal conducted required annual inspections at a California home"


https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/no-rules-for-california-home-schools-where-13-found-captive/2018/01/16/992c07c0-fb24-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html?utm_term=.221f2fafaec2
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Male 7,246
kalron27 Interesting. Thanks for the info, Kalron.
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Female 4,979
squrlz4ever Homeschooling does not = this. Mental illness = this. 
Don't take it out on the homeschoolers man...it's like trying to take everyones guns away fro mass shootings. The actions of one do not equate to the actions of all.

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Male 7,246
emmettyville ~spontaneous Emmetty hug~

I'm not indicting homeschooling here, I don't think. What I'm calling for is a modicum of caution regarding the welfare of children. By law, public school teachers are required to report any signs of possible neglect or abuse, such as malnourishment or bruises. That safety check has helped countless children. When the kids are taken out of school, that safeguard no longer exists.

I can't understand why any parent would object to a social worker paying an annual visit, provided he or she is caring for the child as they ought.

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Male 6,841
squrlz4ever last time I hugged a kiwi i got green juice all over me
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Male 7,246
thezigrat Just be sure you hug one of the green ones. Those new "golden" kiwifruits are terrible.

(I'm not kidding about this. The new golden kiwifruit are mushy and a sickly yellow on the inside. Apparently they were developed for people who thought kiwis have too much citric zing. So dumb! What's next? A new variety of tomato for people who find tomatoes too tomatoey?)
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Male 6,841
squrlz4ever hey i happen to like the golden ones except the plastic pit they use to keep them from devloping propperly

Acrually i like both
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Female 4,979
squrlz4ever I just get a little sensitive about homeschooling, cause I homeschool. But none of my kids are tied up in their room. Although, this could be a good idea come to think of it....................................
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Male 7,246
emmettyville LOL! I'm sure some days are more trying than others.
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Male 417
This is one of the times I envy Iran's punishment system. It isn't often but they deserve it.
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Male 7,246
As someone mentioned in the last post about this family, there is a preponderance of girls. Let's hope this was the result of chance and not something more sinister. Unfortunately, with this couple, I'd believe just about anything, infanticide included.
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Male 6,841
squrlz4ever how do you think the kids were fed 
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Male 613
Lemme guess. Christians?
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Male 515
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Male 804
bearbear01 If you mean someone who followed the teachings of Jesus - no, I don't think they were Christians.  If you mean crazy people who latch onto a religion and warp it for their own sick ends - yeah, probably proclaimed to be Christian.
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Male 6,841
faustsshadow they look like Mormans to me
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Male 804
thezigrat I thought that at first as well, but the wedding vow renewals have the mom dressed in an outfit that wouldn't be congruent with the garments that most Mormons where.  They certainly could have started out that way and then went off on their own.  I haven't heard or seen yet a report verifying this one way or the other, though.
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Male 202
faustsshadow No true Scotsman, eh?
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Male 804
stevopusser No.  This isn't a logical fallacy.  Pointing it out doesn't make you smarter, either - many of us also took English 101.  My point is, is a Christian someone who follows the teachings of Jesus (or at least, really tries to), or is a Christian someone who says they are a Christian?  I get that due to their being 2000+ sects of Christianity, the waters get muddied, but I wouldn't call these parents Christian, no matter what they said.  

Christianity is still the dominant religion in the U.S., so when crazy people use religion as a way to somehow prop up their batshit ideas, it will usually be that. 

I think the No True Scotsman applies more to the squabbles between the various sects or branches of Christianity/ Protestantism, though.
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Male 613
faustsshadow et voila, Christian privilege. 

Witness saw the kids setting up a nativity scene. Doesn't sound very Muslim to me. 
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Male 4,893
bearbear01 What am I missing here? Has anyone ever asserted these folks were Muslim?
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Male 842
trimble More like pointing out the No True Scotsman Fallacy.
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Male 641
Technically it's called a "Prince Valiant", Moe Howard had a "Bowl". That being said, they need to die.
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