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Kids who escaped House of Horrors ‘told to Google it’ when they asked for help
November 29, 2021
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The Turpin children who escaped a gruesome House of Horrors were told 'to Google it' when they asked for help, it's been claimed.
13 siblings were saved from their guardians almost four years ago – in a vile home where kids aged between two and 29 were living in filth, starving, and in terrible condition.
The house, based in Perris, California, has now been pushed back into the limelight as a new documentary has been released speaking to some of the Turpin family members who managed to escape and reveal the true horrors inside.
Those who followed their ordeal hoped that once the siblings found freedom in 2018 they would have a bright and safe future.
However, district attorney Mike Hestrin told host Diane Sawyer last week that the siblings are "living in squalor" and in "crime-ridden neighbourhoods" years later.
Vanessa Espinoza was the former deputy public guardian for the seven adult Turpin cases and was in charge of helping the older siblings with health care, education, housing, and food support.
Joshua Turpin has claimed she "wasn't helpful" and told him to "just go Google it" when he asked for help after his rescue.
Espinoza did not take part in the 20/20 documentary or comment on the claims.
Critics say the kids' troubles come down to a combination of structural issues in the welfare system and social programs.
More than $600,000 (£450,000) had been donated privately by the public to help the siblings but a court order has prevented the information on how much and why the money hasn't been given to the Turpin children.
Two siblings have been sofa-surfing and reportedly another one was assaulted, The Sun reports.
It's believed some of the younger children were sent to other foster homes after their rescue.
In some of the horrific things to come out of the court case, it was heard that the children were living in their own filth and some were chained to their beds or forced to sleep in cages.
Jordan Turpin was the one who escaped and managed to call the police – leading to the rescue of her and her siblings.
She escaped the house through the window and told an operator "my two little sisters right now are chained up".
In a special ABC report on the family, bodycam footage showed a sheriff's deputy, who was nearing the end of his shift, greeting Jordan as he steps out of his patrol car.
He asks the teenager: "Hi, Jordan. What's going on?"
She chillingly says: "I just ran away from home and I live in a family of 15.
"My two little sisters right now are chained up… they stole mother’s food."
She added: “We live in filth, and sometimes I wake up and I can’t breathe because of how dirty the house is. We never take baths.”
Turpins' parents, David and Louise, are serving life sentences in different prisons in the state.
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