The aunt of 13 siblings discovered shackled and malnourished of their California dwelling admitted the a number of months she beforehand spent residing with their dad and mom made her really feel “uncomfortable.”
Elizabeth Jane Flores, in a tearful interview with Good Morning America, stated she was “shocked” to be taught her sister, 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin was arrested alongside her 57-year-old husband, David Allen Turpin, for allegedly abusing and holding their kids — ages 2 to 29 — captive of their Perris dwelling.
Flores famous that whereas she hasn’t had a relationship together with her sister for practically 20 years, she did reside with the household for just a few months whereas she was in school. The couple solely had 4 kids on the time, the eldest of whom was nonetheless in elementary faculty.
“I assumed they had been actually strict, however I didn’t see any kind of abuse,” she advised GMA.
Whereas she was there, Flores stated she was “handled like one of many children” and was compelled to observe strict “guidelines,” nevertheless it was her brother-in-law that really left her feeling “uncomfortable.”
“If I had been to get within the bathe, he would are available in there whereas I used to be in there and watch, and it was like a joke,” Flores recalled. “He by no means touched me or something.”
Outdoors of these few months, Flores stated she was “by no means allowed to be a part of their lives.” She recalled how her dad and mom flew out to see their grandchildren a number of occasions, solely to be turned away in tears each time.
Authorities on Monday arrested David and Louise Turpin after their 17-year-old daughter managed to flee her dungeon-like dwelling and cellphone 911.
When police arrived on the residence off Muir Woods Street, the siblings “seemed to be malnourished and really soiled,” based on the Riverside Sheriff’s Division. Three of them had been chained and padlocked to furnishings.
Police charged the pair with 9 counts of torture and 10 counts of kid endangerment. They had been every being held on a $9 million bond.
Flores additionally tearfully addressed her nieces and nephews within the interview, saying that she hoped to attach with them regardless of being shut of their lives for thus lengthy.
“I need to attain out to the children. I need them to know that for years we begged to Skype,” she stated throughout her Good Morning America look, “we begged to see them, the entire household.”