Elizabeth Jane Flores, 41, a Christian motivational speaker, says her sister Louise Anna Turpin did not allow her to visit her home or speak with her 13 children
The sister of the mother who kept her 13 children shackled and malnourished in a California house of horrors has said she was never allowed to visit her sibling and knew something was 'not right' about her parenting.
Elizabeth Jane Flores, 41, from Cleveland, Tennessee, told DailyMailTV she had not seen Louise Anna Turpin in 19 years, and while she still kept in touch with her sister by telephone, Turpin refused to invite her over to her home and never let her speak to her nieces and nephews.
'Something didn't seem right about her parenting but never would I have expected it to be like this,' Flores told DailyMailTV.iPhone transfer software
'We have been so worried about them because it's been so strange but there was nothing we could do. They wouldn't let anyone visit and we didn't know their address. I haven't seen her in 19 years. We would talk on the phone from time to time, but every time I would ask to talk to her kids, she wouldn't let me.
Flores, a mother of seven, says their parents had even flown out to visit the family but Turpin would not give them an address.
'She never let us talk to her kids. She wouldn't even accept my Facebook request. We all wondered what was going on. My parents booked several flights to go see them but when they got there they wouldn't tell them where to go and my parents left crying every time. They died before they got to see them again. It's just heartbreaking and I'm so embarrassed about all of this.'
Turpin and her husband David Allen Turpin, 57, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment on Sunday after their 17-year-old daughter fled their Perris, California home and called the police.
Their 13 kids, aged from two to 29 years old, were immediately taken to hospital after they were saved from the 'foul-smelling' room on Sunday morning.
Louise Anna Turpin and David Allen Turpin, 57, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment on Sunday after their 17-year-old daughter fled their Perris, California home and called the police
The mother of 13 allegedly never allowed her family to come visit, refused to give them an address, and did not allow her sister to speak with her children
'Things 1 to 13': The family are seen in Dr Seuss-style shirts, and all in blue jeans, in a family photo taken in April 2016. The family as very religious and said the parents had so many children because they believed 'God called on them' to do so
Flores, an author and Christian motivational speaker, has revealed on her website that she was a victim of child abuse. She has co-authored three books about her ordeals including losing a child and surviving cancer.
Police said the siblings were all desperately malnourished and pleaded with officers for food and water after they were freed. It is not known how long they were chained, padlocked and shackled before they were discovered.
A neighbor who saw four of the children less than two months ago described them as 'very thin and very albino.'
Housewife Wendy Martinez, 41, who lives in a home behind the single-story ranch-style property, told DailyMail.com she saw four of the children kneeling in the front yard late at night at the end of October.
She said the quartet looked emaciated and pale, and appeared to have been instructed not to respond when she tried to say hello to them.
'It was about 9pm at night and we came around right here and at the gate, we saw four children inside,' Martinez said.
'They were on their knees, four little kids, and they were just rolling on the grass. It was odd at that time of night.
'Their mother was in the archway, I just remember the mother in the archway, and I said, "hi". There was like no movement, not even to look over to see who's saying hi.
'No movement, like if they were told not to speak to anybody. The mom, no movement at all.'
When asked whether she thought the children needed help, she told DailyMail.com: 'Honestly, I didn't see like they needed help.
Elizabeth, pictured with her husband and seven children, says they were worried for the family because of Louise's odd behavior and they did not 'know what was going on'
Above is the four-bedroom home in Perris, California where the 13 children were found dirty and malnourished. The Turpins purchased the home in 2014 and later registered it as a school. Elizabeth alleges Louise refused to give them an address to their home
'They were in their yard. It was awkward that it was at 9pm at night but they were in their yard.'
Police found that some of the children had been shackled to their beds and were being held in 'a foul-smelling room'.
The Turpins purchased the house, which sits on a quiet well-to-do street, for $351,000 in August 2014 – later registering it as a school.
Sitting within a new development, the house had been a model home and was, said Dennis Cooke, 61, 'already tricked out with custom fittings' when they moved in.
Cooke, who works at Home Depot in Perris, said he had been shown around the property before the Turpins moved in,