California couple who tortured their children for years get life in prison

California couple who tortured their children for years get life in prison

David Turpin, 57, and wife Louise Turpin, 50, appeared on Friday in California's Riverside County Court, in the U.S. for sentencing after pleading guilty in February to 14 charges of torture, adult abuse, child endangerment, false imprisonment and more.

The couple cried during the sentencing hearing, where they listened to statements from their children and delivered statements of their own, according to video footage from ABC News.

"I love my children so much", she said.

David Turpin broke down in tears as he tried to address the court.

"Although it may not have been the best way of raising us, I am glad that they did because it made me the person I am today".

David Turpin told the court he loved his children - whose names all start with the letter J - and never meant to harm them.

"My parents took my whole life from me", said one of the Turpins' daughters, identified as Jane Doe Number 4. Life may have been bad, but it made me strong.

"I'm a fighter, I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket", she continued.

This photo was posted to a Facebook page for "David-Louise Turpin" on July 10, 2016.

Authorities said siblings - who ranged in age from 2 to 29 - had been isolated from the outside world and were often denied showers, medical care and food.

The seven adult children were living together and attending school in February when their parents pleaded guilty.

The children were often tied up for "weeks or even months at a time", Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said past year.

"Right now, the children are deciding on whether they will be there, or speak".

"Through the years, things became more and more overwhelming, but they kept trusting in God", the girl wrote.

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The attorney said a prosecutor will testify and some of the adult children will be there.

It's the first time the children are appearing publicly since the arrest of their parents, David and Louise Turpin.

Almost all of the children were found to be severely malnourished; some of the older ones were so emaciated, first responders didn't realize initially that they were adults, according to authorities.

District Attorney Mike Hestrin said the victims were allowed to shower only once a year.

The victims were forbidden to shower a few times a year, were unable to use the toilet and none of them had ever seen a dentist.

The victims told investigators that being tied with ropes was initially a form of punishment.

Some of the 13 children who were starved and shackled to their beds by their parents in a so-called "House of Horrors" near Los Angeles have spoken out at the couple's sentencing hearing.

And after years of isolation, Hestrin said, the children seemed to "lack a basic knowledge of life".

The Turpins are expected to be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.

It comes after the 911 call that alerted police to the house was released.

But after jumping out a window from the filthy home where she lived with her parents and 12 siblings, she knew enough to punch the digits 9-1-1 into a barely workable cellphone and then began describing years of horrific abuse to a police dispatcher.

The pair pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts, including one count of torture, four counts of false imprisonment, six counts of cruelty to a dependent and three counts of willful child cruelty.

Two of the children, who are now in college, appeared in court Friday, joined by a police dog named Raider for emotional support.

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