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California foster family charged with abusing Turpin children rescued from ‘house of horrors’


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A California foster family has been accused of sexually and physically abusing nine children – including five Turpin siblings who were taken into their care after being rescued from horrific conditions at the hands of their biological parents, according to reports.

Adoptive father Marcelino Olguin, 62, his wife Rosa, 57, and their daughter Lennys, 36, were arrested in November and released on bail. The case has raised concerns about egregious failures of a social service system meant to help the Turpin children.

David and Louise Turpin are pictured with their 13 children in April 2016.
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Marcelino Olguin faces multiple counts of lewd acts on a minor 14 or 15, lewd acts on a minor under 14, false imprisonment and willful cruelty to children. Lennys Olguin and Rosa Olguin face charges of false imprisonment, willful cruelty to children and deterring a witness, according to a criminal complaint. They all pleaded not guilty, records show.

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The Turpin siblings were placed with the Olguins in April 2018, months after they were rescued from their parents’ home in Perris, California, where they had been imprisoned, chained and starved for years.

A total of 13 Turpin children between the ages of 2 and 29 lived in the “house of horrors”, located about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Only the youngest had not been abused or neglected, investigators said.

This Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department show Louise Anna Turpin, left, and David Allen Turpin.

This Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department show Louise Anna Turpin, left, and David Allen Turpin.
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The children were released after Jordan Tourpin then 17, escaped through a window and called 911. Their parents, Louise and David Turpin, were sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to torturing and imprisoning their children.

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But what was supposed to be a fresh start for the five Turpin siblings who were given a new home with the Olguins has turned into a nightmare, according to The Press-Enterprise and CBS News.

In an affidavit, an investigator said the adopted minor and adult dependent children of the Olguin home were sexually abused, fetched and locked in their bedrooms.

David and Louise Turpin, pictured here in court on Wednesday January 24, 2018, have pleaded not guilty to torture and other charges.

David and Louise Turpin, pictured here in court on Wednesday January 24, 2018, have pleaded not guilty to torture and other charges.
(Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise via AP, Pool)

A 5-year-old girl was given sleeping pills and then made to stand while the Olguins allegedly rang a bell, doused her with water and yelled at her, according to the affidavit. “You don’t let us sleep, we don’t let you sleep,” the Olguins reportedly told the girl. The outlet did not identify if the girl was a Turpin.

The child was sometimes locked in her room for nine hours a day, the investigator wrote. Four of the girls in Olguin’s custody told authorities they had been sexually assaulted – including two Turpin children, according to reports.

Louise Turpin, left, and her husband, David Turpin, right, appear for a preliminary hearing in Superior Court in Riverside, Calif.

Louise Turpin, left, and her husband, David Turpin, right, appear for a preliminary hearing in Superior Court in Riverside, Calif.
(Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)

The Olguins were aware of the shocking abuse the children had suffered at the hands of their biological parents and immediately “questioned the pressured siblings about their traumatic pasts,” the affidavit states.

“They forced the siblings to participate in a ‘circle confessional speech.’ The siblings were forced to admit their past sibling abuse, which their biological parents had forced them to commit,” said writes the investigator. “The Olguins told the siblings that not attending would result in not seeing or visiting their older siblings in the future.”

The Olguins allegedly chose one of them, the Turpin children, according to the affidavit and reports. “(Defendants) shouted and insulted victim #3, belittled him, isolated him, confined him to his room, did not allow victim #3 to speak to his sisters” , wrote the investigator, according to The Press-Enterprise.

Social services failures extended to adult children, who sometimes didn’t have a safe place to stay or enough food despite $600,000 in community donations, the Riverside County Director of Victim Services said. , Melissa Donaldson, in an interview with ABC News.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told The Independent that the children “have again been victimized by the system”.

“They live in crime-ridden neighborhoods. There’s money for their education – they don’t have access to it,” he said.

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The county launched an investigation into Turpin’s care in October and appointed retired federal judge Stephen Larson to lead the investigation.

“Riverside County is committed to conducting a thorough and transparent review of the services provided to the Turpin siblings and to improving and strengthening the county’s child and adult dependent welfare systems,” the executive director said. of Riverside County, Jeff Van Waganen, in a statement in December. .

The Associated Press contributed to this report




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