Turpin Children: Riverside County Social Services abandoned children after they were rescued from Perri’s “house of horrors,” the report said

The 13 Turpin children, who were rescued after years of being starved, tied up and horribly abused by their parents in a Riverside County home, “failed” in the social services system, according to a report released on Friday.

Some of the Turpin children were forced to live with people who were later charged with child molestation, and some of the adult siblings struggled to get money for housing and food, according to a 634-page report from a law firm working with the county the investigation was entrusted to her care.

The report will be presented to the county board on July 12.

The shocking abuse at the Turpin home went unnoticed in the Perris community until January 2018 when then 17-year-old Jordan Turpin escaped and called the police.

When she escaped, Jordan told a sheriff’s deputy that her sisters and brothers, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, had been starved, tied to beds, and forced to live in squalor. The children slept during the day, were active for a few hours at night, and had minimal education.

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Her parents, David and Louise Turpin, are serving sentences ranging from 25 years to life in state prison.

Last year, ABC News reported that most siblings were poorly cared for after entering the child welfare system.

“They fell victim to the system again” and “lived in misery,” Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in the ABC documentary.

“They live in crime-ridden neighborhoods. There is money for their education. You don’t have access to it,” Hestrin said.

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After that report aired, Riverside County Executive Officer Jeff Van Wagenen said his office hired a law firm led by former federal judge Stephen G. Larson to analyze the services provided and the quality of care received.

The report, summarizing the findings of a months-long investigation, concluded that the county’s social services system was understaffed and underfunded, leaving workers struggling with a high caseload that made it difficult to ensure the safety and care of “our most vulnerable.” vulnerable population groups”. He made several reform recommendations.

“I appreciate the unwavering evaluation and recognition that good people are doing a good job,” Van Wagenen said in a county statement. “The recommendations will guide our ongoing efforts to improve outcomes over the coming days, weeks and months.”

Many details about what happened to the Turpin children under the county’s care have been redacted in the publicly released version of the report to comply with a court ruling to protect their privacy.

However, the report states that the county’s Public Guardianship Office recently attempted to obtain more than $1 million donated on behalf of the children.

“With regard to the Turpin siblings, we conclude that over the last four years they have often received the care they have required from the county. This has not always been the case, however, and all too often the social service system has failed them. said a June 24 introduction letter to regulators that accompanied the report.

“Some of the younger Turpin children were placed with caregivers who were later charged with child molestation,” the letter said. “Some of the older siblings experienced periods of housing instability and food insecurity as they transitioned into self-employment.”

“Many found themselves in the midst of confusing and complicated legal processes,” the letter said. “When they complained about their circumstances, they often felt frustrated, unheard, and suffocated by the system.”

Prosecutors have charged a couple, the Perris, and their adult daughter with molestation. Two of the Turpin girls housed in their foster home were fondled and kissed by their father, and other foster children were physically assaulted, county prosecutors said.

Marcelino Olguin, his wife Rosa and their daughter Lennys have pleaded not guilty to child abuse and other criminal offenses.

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Laura Coffey

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