MSN - AP World MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:19:41 +0000 Couple sentenced to life for severe child abuse A California couple who for years starved a dozen of their children and kept some shackled to beds were sentenced Friday to life in prison, ending a shocking case hidden by a veneer of suburban normalcy. (April 19) 0c91430205a04616b95a23ac9f9ad4fd Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:41:39 +0000 RESTRICTION SUMMARY: AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLY Riverside, California - 19 April 2019 1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Unidentified Child of Abusive Parents: ++CAMERA FOCUSED ON DEFENDANTS++"I cannot describe in words what we went through growing up. Sometimes I still have nightmares things that had happened such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten. But that is the past. And this is now. I love my parents and have forgiven them for a lot of the things that they did to us."+++WHITE FLASH+++ 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Unidentified Child of Abusive Couple: +++AUDIO UNDER STILL IMAGE OF DEFENDANTS+++"My parents took my whole life from me. But now I'm taking my life back. I'm in college now and living independently. I love hanging out with my friends. And life is great. I believe everything happens for a reason. Life may have been bad but it made me stronger. I fought to become the person I am." +++WHITE FLASH+++3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Turpin, Defendant ++ATTORNEY READS STATEMENT++"I'm going to ask my attorney to read my statement for me. (Attorney begins reading statement.) Attorney: "Your honor, I thank God for all of my children. Each one of them is a blessing from God. My home schooling and discipline had good intentions. I never intended for any harm to come to my children."+++WHITE FLASH+++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Louise Turpin, Defendant: "I'm sorry for everything that hurt my children. I love our children so much. I'm blessed to be the mother to each one of them. I only want the best for them. Their happiness is very important to me. They are very smart amazing individuals. I hope they are, I hope they get all the education they need to make their dreams come true. They deserve only the best in life. I don't want any of them to be sad or depressed because of what we did. I want them to know that mom and dad are going to be OK. I also want them to know I believe God has a special plan for each of them." STORYLINE: A California couple who inflicted years and torture on 12 of their 13 children and were only discovered when one of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator were sentenced to life in prison Friday, with parole possible after 25 years. The sentencing of David and Louise Turpin was preceded by the first public statements from some of the children, who alternately spoke of love for their parents, and of what they had suffered despite it, as the couple wiped away tears. The Turpins pleaded guilty in February to neglect and abuse. "I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children. I love my children so much," Louise Turpin said. None of the children were publicly identified. One of the adult children walked into court already in tears just after the hearing began, holding hands with a prosecutor. A daughter said, "Life may have been bad but it made me strong. I fought to become the person that I am. I saw my dad change my mom. They almost changed me, but I realized what was happening. ... I'm a fighter, I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket." Some of the others said they still love their parents. One asked for a lighter sentence because "they believed everything they did was to protect us." The horrors within the home were concealed behind a veneer of suburban normalcy in a middle-class section of Perris, a small city about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles. The residence was neatly kept and neighbors rarely saw the kids outside, but nothing triggered suspicion. David Turpin, 57, had been an engineer for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Louise Turpin, 50, was listed as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing. But the children's desperate plight became public after a teenage daughter escaped from the filthy home by jumping from a window, then used a cellphone to contact a police dispatcher and begin describing years of horrific abuse. Judge Bernard Schwartz said the children were not allowed to be filmed or photographed. Most of the 13 children — who ranged in age from 2 to 29 — were severely underweight when they were found and hadn't bathed for months. Deputies testified that the children said they were only allowed to shower once a year. They slept during the day and were active a few hours at night. Investigators found that the toddler had not been abused, but all of the children were hospitalized after they were discovered. =========================================================== Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. A California couple who for years starved a dozen of their children and kept some shackled to beds were sentenced Friday to life in prison, ending a shocking case hidden by a veneer of suburban normalcy. (April 19) Couple sentenced to life for severe child abuse