The Turpin siblings rescued from their homes last week are to be separated

The Turpin siblings rescued from their homes last week are to be separated
David and Louise Turpin

The 13 Turpin siblings who were rescued from their home in California last week where they were allegedly held captive and tortured are to be split up.

The six minors are to be placed between two foster homes while Riverside County will be granted conservatorship over the seven adult siblings who will be sent to an assisted living facility.

According to US network CBS News, the siblings had specifically requested to stay together after they were freed from their home.

The 13 siblings were found by local police authorities last week after a 17-year-old managed to escape and alert authorities.

David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, have been accused of imprisoning and torturing their 13 children and have pleaded not guilty.

The couple have been charged with torture, child abuse, dependent adult abuse and false imprisonment. David Turpin was also charged with performing a lewd act on a child under the age of 14.

The pair are due to appear in court today.

Image made from a video provided by A Elvis Chapel of David Allen Turpin, left, and his wife, Louise Anna Turpin, center, celebrating a renewal of their wedding vows with Elvis impersonator Kent Ripley in Las Vegas
Image made from a video provided by A Elvis Chapel of David Allen Turpin, left, and his wife, Louise Anna Turpin, center, celebrating a renewal of their wedding vows with Elvis impersonator Kent Ripley in Las Vegas

All of the 13 siblings, whose ages range from two to 29, have diminished mental capacity according to a source close to the investigation.

The 17-year-old is reported to have a first-grade reading level (approx. age 5-7).

"They lack a basic knowledge of life," said Riverside District Attorney Mike Hestrin.

"Many of the children didn’t know what a police officer was."

It has also been reported that the parents were planning to move from California to Oklahoma within days of the rescue.

David Turpin, who worked with the defense contractor Northrop Grumann, was getting a job transfer and as a result the family was to relocate.

The Turpin family had moved several times over the years, twice in Texas and once in California.

It is not clear whether the impending move had anything to do with the 17-year-olds escape which the siblings had plotted for two years.

The eldest of the Turpin siblings, Jennifer, attended Meadowcreek Elementary for a time and was picked on by classmates.

Taha Muntajibuddin, who was one of Jennifer’s classmates at the time, took to Facebook to share an account of their time in school together.


He describes her as a "frail girl" and says that classmates teased her for her clothing and for "smelling like poop" but adds that "despite being vehemently vilified by her peers, was still one of the most pleasant people I have ever had the opportunity to meet."

The post also includes a photo of that year’s school yearbook with a photo of a smiling young Jennifer.

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