Turpin daughter describes horrific living conditions in 911 call

Posted at 1:25 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 08:16:42-04

(KGTV) - A girl who was reporting that her parents had been torturing her and her siblings in their Perris home described the family's living conditions to a 911 dispatcher but admitted that she did not know her own address.

ABC News exclusively obtained the shocking 911 call that 17-year-old Jordan Turpin made in January 2018. The teen, one of David and Louise Turpin’s 13 children, was able to escape from the home and called 911 to help save her brothers and sisters.

David and Louise Turpin were eventually arrested and charged with multiple abuse counts. The couple pleaded guilty to the charges in February 2019, and both are scheduled to be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Friday.

ABC News broadcast the following excerpts from the 911 call:

Jordan Turpin: “I’ve never been out. I don’t go out much, so I don’t anything about the streets or anything … OK, I live in a family of 15 people and my parents are abusive. They abuse us, and my two little sisters right now are chained up … there’s 13 kids and then a mother and father.”

Dispatcher: “And how many of your siblings are tied up?

Turpin: “Two of my sisters, one of my brothers.”

Dispatcher: “How are they tied up, with rope or with what?”

Turpin: “With chains. They’re chained up to their bed.”

Dispatcher: “Do you think anybody in the house will need to go to the hospital?”

Turpin: “I’m not sure. Sometimes we live in filth and sometimes I wake up and I can’t breathe, because how dirty the house is.”

Dispatcher: “When was the last time you had a bath?”

Turpin: “I don’t know, almost a year ago. But sometimes I feel so dirty, I wash my face and I wash my hair.”

Dispatcher: “Does anyone in the house take any medication?”

Turpin: “Oh, I don’t know what medication is.”

Dispatcher: “Are you home schooled?”

Turpin: “No, we don’t do school. Our mother tells people we’re home schooled … Our mother tells people we’re private school and she has a fake private school set up but we don’t really do school. I haven’t finished first grade and I’m 17.”

Towards the end of the nearly 20-minute call, Turpin told the dispatcher: “I don’t know much about my mother. She doesn’t like us. She doesn’t spend time with us ever.”