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The Thirteen Captive Children

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On January 15, 2018, 13 children ranging from 2-29 were found after being held captive in their southern California home. The children were found shackled to their beds, unfed, and malnourished after one of them escaped from the torture of the parents.

One of the children, a 17-year-old girl, escaped from the home and called for help on a deactivated cell phone. Not long after Captain Greg Fellows showed up to the scene. According to Fellows, the children were living in “horrific conditions.” Not only were the children malnourished, but seven of them were not in fact children; they were legally adults. Once the authorities accessed the situation, the children were provided with food and water and the six minors were taken to a nearby hospital for further assessments while the seven adults were taken to a different hospital.

​The biological parents, David and Louise Turpin, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. During the investigation and court case, the two parents “could not give a logical reason” to why they were not only torturing their children, but keeping them captive and against their will. Neighbors tell the authorities the Turpins reminded them of the Cullens from Twilight; they only came out at night and didn’t have the right social skills others had.

According to the captive children’s grandparents, the parents were “extremely religious” and continued to have children because “God called on them.” So, how could someone so “religious” let alone sane do something so horrific to their children? Why would they keep their children unfed and shackled to their beds?

In addition, this case has opened up the issue of homeschool regulations. In fact, one homeschool lawmaker ¨ floated the idea of requiring annual walk-throughs of home schools by state or county officials.¨

For more information on the Turpin case, check back to the Oracle.

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Savannah Blouin, Reporter

Hello, my name is Savannah Blouin and I’m a sophomore here at Orcutt Academy. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer with my club team and listening...

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  1. Trenton Kozel on February 9th, 2018 9:46 AM

    Spooky and interesting! I want to see more articles like this on the Oracle!

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