Tuesday 25 September 2018

Eldest son of Turpin family 'attended college and was a straight A student'

According to reports their eldest - now 26 - attended local community college 

David and Louise Turpin with their 13 children as they renew their wedding vows in the Elvis Chapel, Las Vegas, in 2015
David and Louise Turpin with their 13 children as they renew their wedding vows in the Elvis Chapel, Las Vegas, in 2015
A still from David and Louise Turpin's wedding video. Photo: AP
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The eldest son of parents who allegedly tortured and held captive their 13 children attended a local college, it has emerged.

David and Louise Turpin are accused of abusing their 13 children - ranging from two to 29 years old - before they were rescued on January 14 from their home in Perris, California. They have pleaded not guilty to torture and other charges.

According to reports their eldest - now 26 - attended local community college  Mt. San Jacinto College.

His mum would drive him to college and wait outside for hom.

The Turpins in court in Riverside, California, yesterday where they denied the charges. Photo: Reuters
The Turpins in court in Riverside, California, yesterday where they denied the charges. Photo: Reuters
David and Louise Turpin, in court on Thursday Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Reuters
A combination photo of David Allen Turpin (L) and Louise Ann Turpin as they appear in booking photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in Riverside County, California, U.S., January 15, 2018. Riverside County Sheriff's Department/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, each were held on 9 million dollar (€7.34 million) bail and could face charges including torture and child endangerment

He was on the president’s honor roll in fall 2015 and spring 2016, a spokeswoman  for the college, Karin Marriott, said.

ABC News obtained a transcript which showed he earned As in many subjects.

The young man never spoke about his home life and was described by classmates as "quiet".

At a court hearing last week the parents were banned from contacting their children during the trial.

Police searching David and Louise Turpin's found two small dogs that Joe Vargo, Perris city spokesman, said were in “good condition” Credit: City of Perris
Police searching David and Louise Turpin's found two small dogs that Joe Vargo, Perris city spokesman, said were in “good condition” Credit: City of Perris

All of the children remain in hospital, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said.

Deputies arrested the husband and wife after their 17-year-old daughter climbed out a window and called 911. Authorities allegedly found the siblings in the family's filthy home, with three of them said to be shackled to beds when deputies knocked on the door.

Investigators have learned that the children were isolated from each other and locked in different rooms in small groups, Mr Hestrin said.

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.

"It appears to me that they lacked any kind of understanding about how the world worked," Mr Hestrin said.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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