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Turpin 911 Caller: 'My Sisters Are Chained Up'

Turpin 911 Caller: 'My Sisters Are Chained Up'

Louise Turpin and David Turpin, right, sit with their attorney John Moore during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. (Irfan Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 21 June 2018 06:45 AM

A chilling 911 call from one of the Turpin faamily children was released during a California Superior Court hearing in which the 17-year-old girl told the emergency operator that "… two of my sisters are chained up."

The audio from the call made on Jan. 14 near Riverside, California led to the arrest of David and Louise Turpin on charges ranging from child abuse, false imprisonment, and torture while the couple's 13 children where taken into custody, People magazine reported. The children's ages ranged from 2 to 29.

"I live in a family of 15 people and our parents are abusive," the girl told the 911 operator while making the phone call outside the family's home in Perris, California. "They are abusive, and two of my sisters are chained up.”

"Our parents don't let us move out. Some of us have asked for jobs and they said that would never happen," the girl continued.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that Wednesday's hearing was conducted to determine whether there is enough evidence for a trial of the Turpins on some or all of the 92 felony counts they face collectively.

Closing arguments in the hearing were expected to take place in front of Riverside Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Schwartz on Thursday morning, when he was expected to rule.

The Turpins have entered not guilty pleas on all charges, the Press-Enterprise said. They are both been charged with 12 counts each of torture and false imprisonment, as well as nine counts of child abuse and seven counts of cruelty to a dependent adult.

Authorities charged David Turpin with eight additional counts of perjury and one count of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, the Press-Enterprise noted. Louise Turpin was also charged with one count of felony assault.

The Turpins' attorneys did not mount a defense during the hearing, but elicited testimony on cross-examination that appeared to suggest that the children had opportunities to contact the outside world or escape long before January call.

According to court testimony, the children were 20 to 45 pounds under the ideal weight for their height after being freed, the Press-Enterprise said. They showed the effects of a lack of nutrition, both physically and cognitively.

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A chilling 911 call from one of the Turpin faamily children was released during a California Superior Court hearing in which the 17-year-old girl told the emergency operator that "… two of my sisters are chained up."
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