The Turpin family documentary latest – Diane Sawyer 20/20 interview reveals Jordan 'faced MORE abuse after escape'

YEARS after the dramatic rescue of the Turpin children, it has been revealed that the siblings are still suffering from abuse and neglect.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin spoke out about how the system handled the Turpin children's case:

"The public deserves to know what their government did and didn't do, and how we failed these victims," he said.

"[It's] unimaginable to me that we could have the very worst case of child abuse that I've ever seen, maybe one of the worst in California history, and that we would then not be able to get it together to give them basic needs, basic necessities."

After being rescued from their abusive home, the seven minors were placed in foster homes, and the six adult children were appointed a public guardian to manage their health care, housing and education.

It has been reported that in one of the foster homes, the children were allegedly abused, and in another home, a foster parent told one of the Turpin children that she understands why her parents chained her up.

The older siblings told ABC news that their public guardian denied them basic care, and they were sent out into violent neighborhoods without life-skill training.

Jordan Turpin revealed that she still struggles to find housing and food.

Read our Turpin family live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE WOULD BE IF WE DIDN'T WATCH JUSTIN BIEBER'

    The Turpin children’s only view of the outside world was the occasional film they watched in secret when their parents were out.

    In 2015, Jordan found an old smartphone and discovered Justin Bieber’s music videos.

    “I don’t know where we would be if we didn’t watch Justin Bieber,” she said.

    “I started realizing that there is a different whole world out there… I wanted to experience that.”

    After watching more videos, she began posting videos of herself singing on social media and got a response from one of her posts, asking why she was always inside and awake at night.

    “I did tell him that I didn’t really go to school, and I wasn’t allowed to go in the backyard or front yard and that I’m always kept inside, and I told him how we eat and how we’re not allowed to get out of bed,” she said. 

  • Jocelyn Cook

    JUSTIN BIEBER INSPIRED JORDAN TURPIN

    In a clip released ahead of the interview, Jordan Turpin told Diane Sawyer that watching Justin Bieber videos inspired her.

    "After secretly watching @JustinBieber videos, she says she was inspired to make a plan to escape," 20/20 teased on Twitter.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHAT HAS LOUISE TURPIN'S YOUNGER SISTER SAID?

    Elizabeth Flores, Louise's younger sister, said: “I actually didn’t know anything. I haven’t seen them since 2010."

    "We were all raised up in a strict Christian home," she told author John Glatt, for his book The Family Next Door.

    Elizabeth recalled David and Louise being extremely strict with their kids.

    “They had to ask permission to go to the bathroom. They had to ask permission to eat.”

    “We thought [Louise] had the perfect life,” said her half-brother Billy Robinette Jr.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    CHILLING 911 CALL

    Jordan Turpin was the one who ultimately called 911 and reported the abuse she and her siblings faced.

    Speaking with a dispatcher, she said about her life and parents David and Louise Turpin: “I just ran away from home because I live in a family of 15. OK? Can you hear me? And we have abusing parents. Did you hear that?”

    When the dispatcher asked her to describe how her parents were abusing her and her siblings, she said: “OK, They hit us. They like to throw us across the room. They pull out hair. They yank out our hair.”

    “I have two… My two little sisters right now are chained up.”

    She said her parents would “literally kill me” if they found out she had escaped.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    JORDAN TURPIN STRUGGLES 'TO GET FOOD'

    During the interview with Diane Sawyer, which was recorded this summer, 21-year-old Jordan Turpin said: "Right now, I don’t really have a way to get food right now."

    “I also don’t really have a place to go right now, but I have my older siblings helping me out."

    Jordan is currently in a school program that provides temporary housing.

    Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told Sawyer that most of the Turpin siblings are still "living in squalor."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    MOTHER LOUISE WAS PRONE TO MOOD SWINGS, SAYS JENNIFER

    Police rushed to the Turpin family’s home on January 14, 2018, after receiving a 911 call from Jordan Turpin that they were held captive and some siblings were chained to their beds.

    In the exclusive interview with Sawyer, Jennifer said she remembers her homelife changed when her parents moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and eventually the house became overrun with dirt, trash, and mold.

    Her mother, Louise, became prone to mood swings and would continuously lash out at the children for something as small as asking a question.

    “I never knew which side I was going to get of her,” she said.

    “If I was going to ask her a question, [is] she going to call me stupid or something… and then yank me across the floor or [is] she going to be nice and answer my question.”

  • Jocelyn Cook

    JENNIFER REACHED A BREAKING POINT

    Jennifer told Sawyer she did run away once but was so worried about her siblings she returned only a day later.

    In the leadup to gaining their freedom, Jennifer said her parents started chaining her siblings to the bed, sometimes for months on end.

    It wasn’t until Jordan was nearly choked to death that the possibility of escape started to take form.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'THEY ARE MOVING ON WITH THEIR LIVES'

    At the time of their rescue, Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) were called and the Turpin siblings were given food and drink after they were found emaciated in their home.

    Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Beecham told People in 2020: “They’re all happy."

    “They are moving on with their lives.".

  • Jocelyn Cook

    JANE DOE NO. 4'S WORDS OF HOPE

    One daughter, identified as Jane Doe No.4, said her parents had taken “her whole life away”, but she was reclaiming it, PEOPLE reports.

    She said: "They almost changed me but I realized what was happening and I immediately did what I could to not become like them."

    The unnamed daughter said she's a fighter and she's "shooting through life like a rocket."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHEN WERE THE TURPINS SENTENCED?

    In February 2019, David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty to torture and years of abuse of their children.

    They admitted to 14 counts that included cruelty toward all but their toddler daughter, and imprisoning the children in a house festering with filth and reeking of human waste.

    The guilty pleas were important to spare the children from testifying, though they were allowed to speak at the sentencing if they choose, said Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin.

    In April 2019 a judge sentenced the pair to 25 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 22 years.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    JENNIFER AND JORDAN HAVE RECEIVED 'HUNDREDS' OF DMS

    Jennifer and Jordan Turpin also said on Good Morning America that they've received "hundreds" of DMs and lots of "comments" and "followers" after the special aired.

    "All the love and support I'm getting is…it's overwhelming," Jennifer said.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    JENNIFER TURPIN IS 'PROUD' OF HER SISTER JORDAN

    Jennifer Turpin was also asked what it was like to watch her younger sister run and get help and she said was immensely proud of Jordan Turpin.

    "So much pride," she said. "I think that's why I cried the hardest."

    In the Good Morning America interview, Jennifer began to get emotional, and her sister took her hand and the two embraced while Jennifer repeated just how proud she was of her little sister.

    "I couldn't have been more proud."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    JENNIFER TURPIN ON 'RELIVING' THE NIGHT THEY WERE RESCUED

    Jennifer and Jordan Turpin appeared on Good Morning America and spoke about how they're feeling since the "House of Horrors" special came out.

    "It was very emotional, brought back all the emotions," Jennifer Turpin said.

    "That was the first time, me seeing that footage," she added. "Of course I lived it but still, the actual footage."

    "I'm so glad we got out of there."

    "It made me feel silenced, but there's always a way out…there's always hope, even if it feels like there's none."

  • Jennifer Korn

    HOW MUCH IN DONATIONS DID THE CHILDREN RECEIVE?

    More than $500,000 in donations were raised by local groups for the care of the Turpin children, after they were removed from their abusive home.

    The funds were gathered to help provide medical and dental care, educational assistance and other services for the abused siblings.

  • Jennifer Korn

    TODDLER NOT ABUSED

    The Turpin parents abused all of their children except their toddler daughter, investigators concluded.

    The toddler is their youngest child.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHY DIDN’T JORDAN KNOW HER ADDRESS?

    Jordan spent her entire life in isolation, and therefore was unfamiliar with her home address, the month of the year, or what the word “medication” meant.

    She did, however, understand to dial 911 for help, and took photos of the abuse to show responding officers as proof.

  • Jennifer Korn

    TURPIN CHILDREN IMPRISONED PAST CHILDHOOD

    Back in 2018 when authorities rescued the children, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said:

    “Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHERE IS JORDAN TURPIN NOW?

    During the interview with Diane Sawyer, which was recorded this summer, 21-year-old Jordan Turpin said: "Right now, I don’t really have a way to get food right now.

    “I also don’t really have a place to go right now, but I have my older siblings helping me out."

    Jordan is currently in a school program that provides temporary housing.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHERE IS JENNIFER TURPIN NOW?

    Jennifer Turpin sat down for an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer alongside her sister, Jordan, to share the horrors they endured.

    Jennifer, 33, has turned to music after years of abuse at the hands of her parents.

    Her first moment of freedom hit her while sitting in her hospital room, when she said she just danced.

    “Music was playing, I got up,” she told Sawyer.

    “I made sure there was a little bit of a floor cleared out and I danced.”

    Turpin aspired to be a published author, although she didn’t specify what books she hopes to write.

    Currently, she works at a restaurant, writes Christian pop music, and finds simple pleasure in the act of getting fresh air and going for a walk.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHO ARE JENNIFER AND JORDAN TURPIN'S SIBLINGS?

    During the ABC interview, Jennifer and Jordan were tight-lipped about their siblings because they wanted to protect their privacy 

    They are said to be living normal lives since their release and continue to meet up with one another. 

    Many have jobs or are attending educational institutions. Some are living on their own.

    Jordan told ABC News: “It feels at home, being with all of us.

    “Every time we're together, it's a very special moment, because we always know at the end of the day, we're always gonna have each other.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    LISTEN TO JORDAN TURPIN'S 911 CALL

    Back in 2018, Jordan Turpin built up the courage to escape her home and call 911.

  • Jennifer Korn

    BREAD AND PEANUT BUTTER

    The Turpin siblings usually ate bread and peanut butter, but their parents would "always eat fast food" or other full meals, Jennifer explained.

    Other foods the Turpin siblings would eat were bologna or chips.

    Jordan recounted to Diane Sawyer how she sometimes would eat Ketchup and ice.

  • Jennifer Korn

    JENNIFER WAS FORCED TO CAGE YOUNGER SIBLINGS

    When Jennifer was 18, her evil parents made 10 of the children move into a trailer in a remote part of their property, taking only their youngest two before driving away.

    They brought limited groceries once a week, or sometimes every two weeks, leaving the children starving.

    “I would try to stretch it out and make sure that we at least had stuff to eat each day of the week,” Jennifer said.

    Jordan, who was just six, added: “There was a lot of starving. I would have to figure out how to eat. I would either eat ketchup or mustard or ice.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    MOTHER TAUNTED KIDS WITH TOYS AND FOOD

    Mom Louise Turpin racked up huge credit card debt and hoarded children’s clothes, games, and toys which she would never give to the children.

    While their parents binged on fast food, and taunted them with freshly baked pumpkin pies which they were forbidden to touch, Jennifer says the children ate once a day – getting a peanut butter sandwich, a frozen burrito or chips.

    When they were eventually rescued, the children were so malnourished that they were all assumed to be under 18, although seven were adults.

    An 11-year-old child was so malnourished that her arm circumference was the equivalent of a 4-and-a-half month old baby, investigators said.

  • Jennifer Korn

    JORDAN MEETS WITH POLICE OFFICER WHO 'SAVED ALL OF US'

    Jordan met up with the police officer who found her waiting outside on the day she escaped and thanked him again.

    She said: "I always talk about you and stuff. I told all my siblings the story more than once. You saved all of us.

    The officer responded by saying: "You did the hard part, you did the scary party."

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