The kids were starved. The dogs were well-fed

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Dr. Bruce Perry, a senior fellow at the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, agreed. He said Wednesday that the inaction is a coping mechanism that results from fear and confusion.

The vulnerable girl might have been shamed, beaten or threatened with violence and only after many missed opportunities did she probably work up the courage to act, Perry said. All of them have been hospitalized. We pulled a baby kitty from the dumpster and kept it, ' said former neighbor Shelli Vinyard, whose daughter Ashley tried to befriend three of the older Turpin children, only to be given the cold shoulder once she started asking about their parents.

Speaking to ABC News, David Turpin's parents, who live in West Virginia, say, "David and Louise Turpin are considered a good Christian family in their community".

Medina says he was disturbed to learn about allegations of what he characterized as "horrific violence" in the home. Parents of 13 children in Perris charged with tortureAn official financial fund has been set up through the Riverside University Health Center Foundation.

In response to a public records request by The Associated Press, Perris assistant city clerk Judy Haughney said Wednesday there were no records of any fire inspections conducted at the home.

The siblings were described as "malnourished" and underweight, and told authorities they were "starving" when they were found. But no state agency regulates or oversees private schools in California.

The husband and wife were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment last week after their 17-year-old child escaped and fled their California home.

Multiple neighbors said they only saw the children when they would pile in their family van late at night. We told my mom she was coming and then we were at the hospital and me and my brother were getting ready to sign papers to take my mom off life support and I called her back and that's when she told me she wasn't going to be able to make it.

She went on to share about her sister: "I want her to know that she's still my blood and I love her". They didn't think that much about it, because "they were always amusing and private anyway, even before they ever had children", Flores noted. She had been trying to escape for two years, Hestrin said.

It comes amid revelations about Louise Turpin's own troubled childhood, revealed by her sister Elizabeth Flores in a series of Christian self-help books. When one child was able to wriggle free, the couple began restraining them with chains and padlocks — for up to months at a time, Hestrin said. "But we do need to acknowledge the courage of the young girl who escaped from that residence to bring attention so they could get the help they so needed". "We've used people that we knew that they could develop a bond with and trust".

Their siblings are said to have been sat nearby in dark and foul-smelling surroundings. "But this has been going on before they even had children".

"Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29".

Each faces 94 years to life in prison if convicted on the more than two dozen charges that include torture, child abuse, dependent adult abuse and false imprisonment.

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