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Lawyer Reveals How Children From "House Of Horrors" Are Enjoying Their Freedom

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America was stunned earlier this years when 13 children were found locked up - allegedly by their own parents - in a California home.

The Turpin family home was quickly dubbed the "house of horrors," and a district attorney says their case is an example of "human depravity."

But the first major update on the 13 Turpin children is full of good news and hope for their future.

The Escape

Police were called to the "squalid" and "dark" home in Perris, California in January, after a 17-year-old girl escaped through the home's front window and called 9/11.

When officers arrived, they found the girl's 12 siblings - aged between two and 29 years old - locked up and malnourished inside the house.

The Turpin family home. Reuters

The brave teenager eventually revealed she had been plotting to break out of the home for nearly two years.

As the children were taken to safety, more news came to light about their parents, David and Louise Turpin.

"House of Horrors"

While the couple kept up appearances on social media, where they shared photos of their smiling family, prosecutors say life was a nightmare for the 13 children.

They were allegedly chained to their beds for months at a time, with food and toys placed out of reach.

"They would buy food, including pies -- apple pies, pumpkin pies -- leave it on the counter," explained district attorney Mike Hestrin, "let the children look at it, but not eat the food."

Lawyers say the children were only allowed to shower once a year, and were kept from using the bathroom.

They also claim the children were forced to sleep all day and stay up at night - possibly to avoid attracting attention.

Now, as the legal case against the Turpins piles up, the first update about the children has been released.

"Zero remorse"

So far the Turpins have been hit with 42 charges, and have pleaded not guilty to all of them.

Their alleged crimes include torture, false imprisonment, child endangerment, and a count of lewd conduct against a minor for David.

Louise Turpin's estranged sister, Elizabeth Flores, said the accused child abuser seemed "almost at peace" during a recent jailhouse visit.

David and Louise Turpin.Riverside County Sheriff's Department

"She's not who I grew up with," she said. "Something's not clicking right in the head, something's not right. It's all 'woe is me.'"

On the other hand, Flores said when she visited David, "I immediately saw that he knew he had done wrong, he was remorseful, he cried the whole entire time. It wasn't fake."

The pair could face life sentences if they're convicted for all their charges.

Prosecutors say they will argue their case using video, audio recordings, and journals kept by the children during their stay in the house.

"The Magnificent 13"

The Turpin children spent the last two months since their release in California's Corona Regional Medical Center.

All but the youngest of the children were malnourished, and the oldest Turpin sibling, a 29-year-old woman, weighed just 82 pounds.

News of the case attracted attention around the world, and the children have received more than $570,000 in donations for their medical care and education.

Local news outlets have labeled the children "the magnificent 13," and their lawyers and caretakers seem optimistic about their future.

As they moved out of the medical center this week, their lawyer revealed how they've been adjusting to living outside the Turpin home for the first time.

"Survivors, not victims"

Osborn revealed that seven of the adult children, aged 18-29, have been re-homed in a rural California house, along with the family's dog.

The six younger children have been split up between a pair of foster homes.

During their stay at the medical center, Osborn says the children experienced a lot of "firsts."

David Allen Turpin / Facebook

They picked and ate citrus fruit for the first time, tasted their first ice cream sundaes, and prepared Mexican food together.

Osborn says the older children enjoyed "moving into new bedrooms" and "going outside."

"They are looking forward to going out to restaurants and stores and movies and going to shops and for walks and all those things," he told Good Morning America.

He added in a press conference about the case that "the adult siblings want to be known as survivors, not victims."

Everything Is New

Osborn says the Turpin siblings love fresh food, because they were allegedly only fed frozen meals in the home.

They're also catching up on everything they missed while being allegedly held captive, like Harry Potter and Star Wars movies.

The siblings have also been doing physical and psychological therapy, to cope with their time in the home.

Hopefully these children will lead long and happy lives after everything they've been through!

[H/T: ABC News, CNN]

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