Siblings allegedly held captive said to experience freedom for 1st time

Bessie Dean
March 20, 2018

Attorney Jack Osborn, who was hired to look after the welfare of the 13 Turpin siblings, described to ABC News what life is like for the seven brothers and sisters - age 18 to 29 - after they were discharged from Corona Regional Medical Centre on Thursday, following two months of medical care. They were taken by their attorney and public guardian to a rural house in an undisclosed location that they now call home, ABC News reported. He said they experienced several "firsts", including picking citrus and making themselves Mexican food and ice cream sundaes.

When 13 siblings were freed from the disturbing conditions of their Southern California home in January, the world wondered: Will they ever heal from the mental and physical trauma they endured?

"The adult siblings want to be known as survivors, not victims", said Osborn, who specializes in special needs cases. "Of course, they're really full of joy about their life and the things they get to experience right now". "They want to hear what's going on with you and me and my family", said Osborn, who didn't immediately return the Daily News' request for comment.

More than half of the 13 siblings held captive in their California house of horrors are starting to get the normal life their parents denied them for years.

Authorities said the abuse was so long-running the children's growth was stunted. They're also watching a lot of movies, which they previously did not have access to despite their parents' collection of thousands of DVDs.

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Seven of the adult children in the Turpin family are experiencing freedom for the first time after allegedly being held captive at the hands of the parents The older children have been released from the hospital and are now living together in a rural home nearby, according to ABC News. David Turpin also pleaded not guilty to one count of lewd conduct with a minor. Trips in a vehicle at all seemed to be a rarity, Osborn said.

"On behalf of all of us at CRMC, we wish these fearless siblings continued strength as they take the next steps in their journey", Uffer said.

The older siblings are unaware of the global attention their case has drawn, Osborn told ABC News, although they are aware of the legal situation of their parents, who are next due in court on March 23.

"Some asked whether they could be nurses without having to give injections or seeing much blood", Osborn said.

"They want to do things for themselves and they want to start having independent lives where they're responsible for themselves", the lawyer added.

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