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Grandfather of 13 shackled 'Twilight kids' found in house of horrors in California has blasted his son for cruel treatment

THE grandfather of the 13 “Twilight kids” found emaciated and shackled in a house of horrors has blasted his son for their cruel treatment.

The 13, aged two to 29, were rescued on Sunday after a 17-year-old girl fled and called police in Perris, California.

David Turpin, 57, and wife Louise, 49, are being held on torture and child endangerment charges.

But David’s dad James, 81, said: “How could he have done this? We never had any idea how terrible things were.

“We are in complete shock over this. We never had any idea how terrible things were. Whenever we called to speak to the grandchildren they say we couldn’t talk to them and we couldn’t see them.

Louise’s sister Elizabeth Flores revealed yesterday how David would watch her shower when she briefly lived with them in Texas more than 20 years ago.

Elizabeth, now 41, said: “If I was to get in the shower, he would come in while I was in there and watch me – it was like a joke.

“He never touched me or anything. I was young, I was scared. I was in Texas where I knew nobody. I was treated like one of the kids, I had rules.”


Cops were shocked to discover that seven of the malnourished victims were actually adults – as old as 29.

Louise Turpin's other sister, Teresa Robinette, said her sibling would laugh off the fact that her children were so skinny.

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She said: “I always made comments to Louise: ‘Gosh they're so skinny’. She would laugh it off saying: ‘Well, David's so tall and lanky. They're going to be like him’.

“They weren't allowed to date, or they didn't have a social life. They weren't allowed to watch TV. They weren't allowed to talk on the phone, have friends over – normal things that kids do.”

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