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Woman Held Captive By Abusive Parents Describes Seeing The Outside World For The First Time

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Woman Held Captive By Abusive Parents Describes Seeing The Outside World For The First Time

A woman who was trapped in the house by her parents from a young age has described the moments after her escape when she saw the outside world for the first time.

Jordan Turpin was 17-years-old when she managed to get out of a window of her parents' house and call 911, ending years of torture for herself and her 12 siblings.

In 2018, she got out of the California home where she had been held captive and called the cops on her parents, David and Louise Turpin.

Now, she's explained how - upon getting out of the property - she 'didn't know about the sidewalks' and knew remarkably little about the world around her.

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Jordan and Jennifer Turpin. Credit: ABC News
Jordan and Jennifer Turpin. Credit: ABC News

She told ABC: "You're supposed to be on the sidewalk but I'd never been out there" and added that she struggled to dial 911 to call the cops because she was shaking so much.

"I think it was us coming close to death so many times. It was literally a now or never.

"If something happened to me, at least I died trying."

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Speaking to the police dispatcher, she said: "Um hello? 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 asked about the nature of the abuse, she responded: "They hit us, they throw us across - they like to throw us across the room.

"They pull our hair. They yank out our hair. I have two - my two little sisters right now are chained up."

Louise and David Turpin were jailed for 25 years. Credit: PA
Louise and David Turpin were jailed for 25 years. Credit: PA
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Jordan and her sister Jennifer have now revealed how their parents would psychologically abuse them as well as physically, with Jennifer saying that the 'only word' to describe their existence was 'hell'.

David and Louise were sentenced to 25 years in prison after they were finally caught in January 2018.

Officers who searched the home found two children in chains, with another chain hanging from one of the bunk beds.

The pair told their story to ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer. Credit: ABC News
The pair told their story to ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer. Credit: ABC News
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They pleaded guilty to 14 charges including cruelty to an adult-dependent, false imprisonment, torture, and child cruelty.

In court, the abusive parents shed tears and apologised for their actions.

"I never intended for any harm to come to my children," David Turpin said in a statement.

"I'm sorry if I've done anything to cause them harm... I love my children and believe my children love me... I hope the very best for my children in the future."

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Now, Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Beecham has said that the siblings are 'moving on with their lives'.

He told PEOPLE: "Some of them are living independently, living in their apartment and have jobs and are going to school. Some volunteer in the community. They go to church."

Featured Image Credit: ABC News

Topics: Police, US News, crime

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