In January 2018, a gruesome incident was reported to the authorities in California, and went on to create a sensation all across the country. 13 children, aged between 2 to 29 years, were trapped and abused in their own house. What was shocking these children were tortured and kept malnourished by their own parents.
This case came to light after one of the children, a 17-year-old girl, managed to escape and call the cops.
This Was One Of The Worst Reported Child Abuse Cases In Modern History
When the girl contacted the dispatcher, she revealed painful details about her and her siblings’ condition,“I live in a family of 15 people and my parents are abusive; they abuse us and my two little sisters are chained up.” But the ordeal does not end there. She further revealed that the hygiene of the house was appalling as she found it hard to breathe sometimes.
The Parents Are Going To Be Convicted Of Their Crimes In September
The children’s parents, David and Louise Turpin, were arrested on a dozen of counts. The charges range from abuse to unlawful imprisonment in inhuman conditions. They will be indicted for their crimes in September 2019.
How The Children Are Faring A Year After The Nightmare
The children’s attorney, Jack Osborn, says that the children are getting used to their new freedom and lifestyle. They are not bitter and all of them are recuperating, both physically and mentally. Although they have to re-learn the basic skills of life, they are taking every day as a gift, without any sort of expectations.
The elder ones are taking some time to process their lives, understanding what is actually normal. Now they are learning to take their own decision, which is quite different from what they faced earlier. However, they are extremely protective of their younger siblings.
Presently, the only reason of their anxiety is testifying against their parents. Other than that, let’s hope that all their problems are over.