Formerly Imprisoned Turpin Daughter Performed Songs On Secret YouTube Channel


The teenager who escaped from her parents "House of Horrors" had a secret YouTube account which gave a glimpse of life in the California home.

The Turpin parents were arrested on January 14 at their home which is located about 113 kilometres east of Los Angeles, after an emaciated teenage girl climbed out of a window of the house and called police. She informed authorities that she and her siblings were being held against their will, starved, tortured, and even prevented from bathing.

"Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner", a police statement reads.

The girl used an alias on the account, ABC News reported.

"You blame me for everything, you blame me in every way, you blame me for what they say, what they say", the girl is heard singing in one of the videos. It's unclear whether the full catalogue of videos still exists online. One of the girl's video clips includes a look at a room with clothes scattered everywhere.

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Good Morning America said the 17-year-old's last video on the account was uploaded just a week before she fled.

Authorities said the abuse was so long-running that the children's growth was stunted.

The couple's youngest child, aged two, was believed to have not been abused or malnourished when she was rescued alongside her siblings.

The family's two dogs seen in one of the YouTube videos. The father is also charged with one count of lewd act on a child. Those who saw the children recalled them as thin, pallid and reserved. They are each being held on $12 million bail. The parents, David and Louise Turpin, registered the home as a private school, which is how they kept the children from entering public school.

Tricia Andreassen and Elizabeth Flores told Good Morning Britain they had visited Louise and David Turpin, who are in custody facing a raft of child abuse and torture charges.