She climbed out of a window to alert police of her and her 12 siblings' dire plight and was so malnourished cops told a press conference she physically appeared more like a ten-year-old. Furthermore, County District Attorney Mike Hestrin says that the children lack basic knowledge about life- one child did not know what a police officer was and another did not know what pills or medication were. They have pleaded not guilty on all counts. "Our clients are presumed to be innocent, and that is a very important presumption".
Elizabeth goes on to claim that she prayed to God that her husband "couldn't sleep, eat, or do anything without thinking about me" and he later returned home with the kids and they patched up their marriage. The siblings, who were schooled at home, were rarely seen outside the house, though the parents posted photos of them smiling together at Disneyland and in Las Vegas, where the couple renewed their wedding vows.
As a result of malnourishment, the 12-year-old child was the weight of an average 7-year-old while the oldest, a 29-year-old woman, weighed just 82 pounds, he said. Her mother Phyllis had allowed 16-year-old Louise to date David even though he was eight years her senior.
Uffer described the victims' conditions as "not so different than a prisoner of war".
The parents remained in jail Wednesday and the children remained in hospitals, where they are recovering from malnutrition. "So we are providing that environment ... in terms of the teaching, training, educating, nourishing emotionally and physically".
The children, aged two to 29, were taught at the family home in Perris, about 100km southeast of Los Angeles, after Mr Turpin officially registered a private school, the Sandcastle Day School, at the address in 2011. "He had his vehicle and they drove", Robinette said.
Flores, 41, who said this week that she has not had regular with sister Louise Turpin or her family in almost two decades, wrote how she was terrified throughout her childhood.
Ms Robinette said she had raised concerns about the children's health, when she did speak to her sister, but they were played down by Mrs Turpin.
"So it's affected the staff".
"We're going to do everything we can to assist them through our victims' services division, and hopefully they'll be cared for throughout this process", he said. "It becomes very personal to you".
In 1999, the couple moved to a home in Rio Vista, Texas, where they stayed until 2010. She wanted her home right now, but my dad said, "No, she has made her choice, she should go off and live her life". "We are receiving hundreds of calls and emails".
A display of flowers, balloons and stuffed animals is growing outside the California home of the 13 children alleged to have been shackled and tortured by their parents as their community is rallying behind the victims.
Handout/Reuters David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been charged with child endangerment and torture. They have pleaded not guilty.
"As a prosecutor, there are cases that stick with you, that will haunt you", Hestrin said.