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Captive Children Kept Journals That Could Hold Evidence in Case

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Photos of David and Louise Turpin are seen at a news conference on Jan. 18, 2018. (Damian Dovarganes, AP)

By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 08:47 AM

The 13 captive children that were found in a California home kept journals of their ordeal, which investigators think could hold "powerful evidence" in the case against their parents, who are accused of starving, shakling and torturing them, the district attorney told ABC News.

The parents, David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment after their 13 children, ages 2 to 29, were found imprisoned in their Perris, California, home.

The discovery was made after one of the children, a 17-year-old girl, escaped early Jan. 14 by climbing through one of the windows of the home and calling 911, People magazine noted.

Both parents are accused of starving and shackling their children, refusing them regular bathroom trips and showers while inflicting physical abuse over several years and could face 94 years to life in prison.

They were charged with 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent, six counts of child abuse and 12 counts of false imprisonment. David Turpin has received an additional charge of committing a lewd act on a child.

The couple pleaded not guilty to all charges when they were arraigned on Thursday afternoon.

Describing the case on Thursday, prosecutors said they recovered hundreds of journals from the home.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told ABC News that he believed the diaries would provide "powerful evidence about what was happening from the perspective of the victims," adding that there was "a lot of evidence to go through. We've got the journals to go through, more interviews to do."

Meanwhile, researchers of trauma and language are interested in the role that the journals may have played in helping the children survive such dire conditions.

"There is a good chance that being able to write may have kept them sane," said James Pennebaker, a renowned expert on using writing to heal from traumatic experiences, per USA Today.

"In an interesting way, this may have helped them come to terms with the bizarre world they lived in."

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