He also mentioned there was cognitive impairment among them to the point they lacked basic knowledge of life.
"What started out as neglect became severe, pervasive, prolonged child abuse". Both are charged with 12 counts of torture as Hestrin said the two-year-old child did not appear to be malnourished. The children were home-schooled but they apparently did not know basic things, including what a police or a medication is.
The children were allowed to shower only once a year, but were reportedly able to wash their hands.
When one of the children tried to escape, the couple began to use chains and padlocks, which they had said was "a form of punishment".
Prosecutors also allege that the children were only allowed to shower once a year, had been deprived of medical attention for four years and had never visited a dentist.
Hestrin added that the children were allowed to write in journals and that officials had recovered "hundreds of them", adding they "are going to be strong evidence of what occurred in that home". Police officers were notified on Sunday, January 14, when one of the children jumped out of a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone [VIDEO] she had found inside the house. They were also fed very little food and on schedule. The victims were not allowed to shower a couple of times a year, Hestrin said.
"As a prosecutor, there are cases that stick with you, that haunt you, and sometimes in this business we're faced with looking at human depravity, and that's what we're looking at here", Hestrin said.
It was a plan the 17-year-old and her siblings had planned for two years, according to Hestrin. There's no way around that.
Hestrin said investigators think that all the siblings are the Turpin's biological children and they were all born in hospitals.
"We are not charging torture on the 2-year-old", Hestrin said. The Turpins appeared in court Thursday afternoon shackled and in dress clothes and entered pleas of not guilty at their arraignment.
David and Louise Turpin were each ordered held on $12 million bail after entering their pleas Thursday and were scheduled to return to court on February 23.
"What we would like the public to know is that our clients are presumed to be innocent, and that's a very important presumption", David Macher, an attorney for David Turpin, told reporters after the hearing.
Mr Turpin's parents defended their son. The Riverside University Health Center Foundation set up a fund to accept donations and the chamber of commerce created a page listing clothing sizes and items needed for the victims. "They immediately shut down".
Phillips added that the 501 (c) 3 charity will transfer 100 percent of all funds raised to a trust being established for the siblings' long-term rehabilitation.
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