Doctor: 11-Year-Old Turpin Daughter Suffered From ‘Psychosocial Dwarfism’ Due To Malnourishment

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The 11-year-old daughter in the Turpin family case of child abuse suffered “psychosocial dwarfism” due to extreme malnourishment and abuse, a doctor claimed during a preliminary court hearing Wednesday.

Patrick Morris, a supervising investigator for the district attorney’s office of Riverside County, California, testified that the doctor who cared for the preteen found she had arms the size of an infant because of extreme starvation, CNN reported.

The child’s body weight percentile was .01, and she a mid-arm circumference equivalent to that of a 4.5-month-old baby, Morris testified. The girl was in the worst condition out of her 12 other siblings, ranging from ages 2 to 29, when the family was rescued Jan. 14. (RELATED: Turpin Children Were Put Into Dog Cages As Form Of Punishment)

“Gasps heard inside courtroom when picture shown of two girls chained to beds. They are pale; both have chains around both wrists. Their arms are only about 2 inches wide. The picture was allegedly taken by the 17-year old girl who escaped, as proof for authorities,” tweeted Rob McMillan of ABC News. The 11-year-old was allegedly chained along with her 14-year-old sister. (RELATED: California Dad Allegedly Sexually Abused His Then 12-Year-Old Daughter)

Twelve of the 13 children suffered from severe malnutrition. Some of the female Turpin children might not be able to bear children as a result of starvation, McMillan tweeted(RELATED: California Dad Allegedly Sexually Abused His Then 12-Year-Old Daughter)

Parents David and Louise Turpin are accused of torturing 12 of their children. The parents are both held on a $12-million bail. They are scheduled for a court arraignment Aug. 3, the Associated Press added.

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