Younger Turpin Children To Be Released From Hospital, Placed In Foster Homes

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The six youngest Turpin children will be released from the hospital and placed in two foster homes Thursday, a source told CBS News.

The 13 Turpin children, aged 2-29, will get split up into new locations to tend to their needs as they continue their recovery process, CBS News reported Tuesday. The six youngest will be placed in two foster homes, while the seven older children will be placed in adult assisted living facilities.

“Whether you are in foster care, available for adoption, or whatever the case may be … we make every effort possible to keep those siblings together,” said Mary Parks, an employee from the Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services. The close-knit children also all have names that start with the letter J.

The children suffer from malnourishment, nerve damage and diminished mental capacity, due to years of alleged torture from their parents, David and Louise Turpin. The children were allegedly strangled, beaten, and chained to furniture as forms of punishment.

Authorities rescued the children Jan. 14, after the Turpins’ 17-year-old daughter escaped through the window to call 911. The parents plead not guilty to all counts of torture, abuse and lewd acts to a child under 14 during their initial court arraignment last week.

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