Children in California captivity case to be split up in foster care

"She told me that her and David had met a man online from Huntsville, Alabama and that they were on their way there to meet him that she was going to sleep with him and that David was OK with that..."

On the surface, the family seemed happy. The children were so malnourished that the 29 year old weighed just 82 pounds.

Recently released surveillance footage taken from a camera across the street from David and Louise Anna Turpin's residence shows some of the children filing out of the home one after another.

The family moved a few miles north, to Perris, in 2014.

Superior Court Judge Emma Smith summarily granted Deputy District Attorney Kevin Beecham's request for the order, which prohibits both David Allen Turpin, 56, and Louise Ann Turpin, 49, from communicating with the victims through electronic, telephonic or other means. He said he and his wife thought about reporting the Turpins to the authorities but feared the repercussions, in part because David Turpin was armed. She called 911 through a deactivated cell phone she found in the home, officials said.

The couple had claimed to home-school their children, and the feces-littered living room had the trappings of a makeshift classroom, he said, including eight small desks, a chalkboard, alphabet and number signs stapled to the wall.

Years of malnourishment had stunted the kids' growth and even caused cognitive impairment and nerve damage, authorities said.

Teresa Robinette has spoken exclusively to Daily Mail, revealing that Louise Turpin was just about to turn 40 when she hit a midlife crisis. "Numerous children didn't know what a police officer was", Hestrin said.

The school said Dr Turpin has been on leave to deal with "revelations about estranged family members".

Now it is reported that a California judge has banned the parents from contacting them ever again.

The children did not have access to televisions or radios but were able to read and write and expressed themselves in hundreds of journals that were seized from the home, the district attorney said. One developed kin is indicated conveying one of the more youthful children while another kin is seen hurrying to the silver van in the garage that would take them from the house which reports have depicted as a bad dream.

Many of them did not know what a police officer is, and the 17-year-old who escaped did not know what medication or pills are, Hestrin said.

A source close to the investigation told CBS News' David Begnaud last week that the siblings specifically asked social workers if they could stay together after being freed.

They assumed all the other siblings were children too but were shocked to discover seven of them were aged between 18 and 29. They had never even been to a dentist.

Hestrin called the conduct "severe, pervasive, prolonged child abuse". "This is depraved conduct".

  • Eleanor Harrison