Children of California 'house of horrors' parents beg judge for lenient sentence

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“I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to hurt my children. I love my children so much,” Ms Turpin said.

Judge Bernard Schwartz told the couple they had delayed their children’s “emotional, mental and physical development” as he jailed them on Friday.

“You have severed the ability to interact and raise the children that you created and brought into this world,” he said.   The court had previously heard how the children were only allowed to shower once a year and were mainly kept in their rooms except for meals, which had been reduced from three to one per day. 

Other than an occasional family trip to Las Vegas or Disneyland, they rarely left the home. They slept during the day and were active a few hours at night.

Although the couple filed paperwork with the state to home school their children, learning was limited. 

“We don’t really do school. I haven’t finished first grade,” the 17-year-old said, according to Deputy Manuel Campos.

Investigators found that the toddler had not been abused, but all of the children were hospitalised after they were discovered.

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



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