The adult children who were allegedly held captive by their parents and abused say they are survivors.
In an interview with the US Today show a year after they were freed, the children’s lawyer said the seven adult children of the 13-child family are doing well.
“They’re not bitter. They really take every day as it is, as a gift,” Jack Osborn said. “They want people to know that they are survivors.”
The adult Turpin children, who were so malnourished when discovered that police thought they were minors, now live together.
“The older children are extremely protective of the younger ones. So, when they do have time together, it’s a lot of nurturing. There is a lot of reassuring,” he said. “And one of the things that they’re grateful for is they’ve got each other.”
Last year, the world watched in horror as prosecutors described abuse the Turpin siblings had suffered at the hands of their parents, David and Louise. Twelve of the 13 children, who range from age two to 29, were allegedly beaten, shackled to their beds, malnourished, denied access to the bathroom and permitted to shower only once a year.
“They do worry about their parents, and I think at times they do miss their parents,” Mr Osborn said.
“They came from a situation that seemed normal to them. And now, they’re in a new normal,” he said. “For really the first time they’re able to make their own decisions. What they’re going to eat … where they’re going to go, what they’re going to study.”
“They’re still becoming independent,” Mr Osborn said. “And they’ll tell you that it’s kind of a lifelong thing.”
The Turpins have pleaded not guilty to nearly 50 charges of torture, false imprisonment and child abuse. They face life in prison if convicted.