Aunt of 13 kids locked up in California home speaks out

An aunt of the 13 siblings found locked up in the California house of horrors has revealed how the children's father would creepily watch her in the shower when she lived with the family for a short time.

Elizabeth Jane Flores, now aged 41, said she lived with her sister Louise Turpin and her husband David in Texas briefly more than 20 years ago.

Flores said her brother-in-law David often made her feel uncomfortable.

'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,' Flores told

on Wednesday.

'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.'

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Elizabeth Jane Flores, now aged 41, said she lived with her sister Louise Turpin and her husband David in Texas briefly more than 20 years ago

Elizabeth Jane Flores, now aged 41, said she lived with her sister Louise Turpin and her husband David in Texas briefly more than 20 years ago

David and Louise Turpin, seen renewing their vows at an Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas in 2015, have been arrested after 13 of their children were found shackled to beds inside their home in Perris, California on Sunday

David and Louise Turpin, seen renewing their vows at an Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas in 2015, have been arrested after 13 of their children were found shackled to beds inside their home in Perris, California on Sunday

Flores said Louise and David ran a strict household but at the time she didn't see any signs of abuse. 

'Now looking back, I see things that I didn't see then,' she said. 

The Turpins have been charged with torturing and keeping their 13 biological children - ranging from 2 to 29 years of age - captive in their Perris, California home. 

The children were rescued by police on Sunday after the couple's 17-year-old daughter escaped through a window and called police saying her siblings were being chained up inside the home.

Louise Turpin's other sister, Teresa Robinette, told NBC's Today that the mother-of-13 would laugh off the fact that her children were so skinny when family commented on it. 

'I always made comments to Louise, when I did talk to her about, 'Gosh they're so skinny', and she would laugh it off saying 'Well, David's so tall and lanky. They're going to be like him',' Robinette said.

'(The children) weren't allowed to date, or they didn't have a social life,' she said. 'They weren't allowed to watch TV. They weren't allowed to talk on the phone, have friends over, stuff like that. Normal things that kids do.' 

David Allen Turpin

Louise Anna Turpin

Parents David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment on Sunday

Police found the siblings inside their family home (above) after the 17-year-old girl managed to escape through a window and call 911 with a cell phone she had found in the house

Police found the siblings inside their family home (above) after the 17-year-old girl managed to escape through a window and call 911 with a cell phone she had found in the house

Police said the 17-year-old girl bravely managed to escape through a window of the home and notify authorities. She told police she was scared her parents would kill her if they caught her escaping, according to the Mirror 

Through a shabby screen erected in front of the French windows, heaps of clutter, including what appear to be books, could be seen inside the home

Through a shabby screen erected in front of the French windows, heaps of clutter, including what appear to be books, could be seen inside the home

Flores told DailyMailTV on Tuesday that she had not seen her sister in 19 years, and while she still kept in touch with her by telephone, Turpin refused to invite her over to her home and never let her speak to her nieces and nephews. 

She said their parents had bought tickets to visit the family but Turpin would not give them an address.

When asked why no one in the family thought to report the Turpins to authorities, Flores told GMA that their behavior didn't seem abnormal to them. 

'When this happens for 20 years and before the kids are even there, you don't think it's abnormal,' she said.

'If it had been two years ago, we would have thought something is not right. Even before children, they were real private.' 

Flores broke down in tears when she said that while she did not agree with her sister's actions, she still loved her and would pray for her salvation. 

'I want her to know that she's my blood and I love her. Her actions has made the whole family suffer,' Flores said.  

'I want to reach out to the kids. For years we begged to see them, I've asked for 20 years to be able to Skype them. I want them to know they have family that love them, whether they know us or not.'

She also added that she thought the 17-year-old who had escaped was the same child named after her.   

Police originally thought all of the victims were children but soon discovered seven of them were adults. The family are pictured above in a photo taken around 2015

Police originally thought all of the victims were children but soon discovered seven of them were adults. The family are pictured above in a photo taken around 2015

'Things 1 to 13': The family are seen in Dr Seuss-style shirts, and all in blue jeans, in a family photo posted in April 2016

'Things 1 to 13': The family are seen in -style shirts, and all in blue jeans, in a family photo posted in April 2016

The Turpin family, as well as extended relatives, are seen enjoying a holiday at Disneyland in California in 2011

The Turpin family, as well as extended relatives, are seen enjoying a holiday at Disneyland in California in 2011

The revelations from Louise's siblings comes a day after police hailed the teenager a hero for managing to escape the horror home and help rescue her 12 brothers and sisters.

The girl, who was so malnourished officers initially believed she was only 10, managed to escape through a window and call 911 with a deactivated cell phone she had found in the home. When officers interviewed the girl, she provided photos of the conditions and abuse suffered by her and the rest of her siblings.

Authorities found at least three of the Turpin children - aged 2 to 29 - shackled to their beds and furniture with chains and padlocks in a dark, foul-smelling room inside the family home.

The victims, including six children and seven adults, were 'malnourished and very dirty'. It is not clear how long some of them were chained, padlocked and shackled before they were discovered.

'We do need to acknowledge the courage of that young girl who escaped,' Riverside County sheriff's Capt. Greg Fellows said on Tuesday. 

Police confirmed that all 13 victims are the biological children of David and Louise Turpin. They were both arrested and charged with nine counts of torture and 10 of child endangerment. They are being held on $9million bail pending a court appearance. 

According to The Mirror, the 17-year-old who finally broke free thought her parents would kill her if they caught her trying to escape. 

'In her mind, she was risking her life,' a source told the paper, describing the teen as 'so intelligent' despite alleged limited access to the outside world during her childhood. 

The couple are pictured above on a neighbor's surveillance cameras being arrested on Sunday morning

More than once: The family are gathered for yet another vow-renewal ceremony in 2013, with the children dressed in the outfits which were then re-used three years later

More than once: The family are gathered for yet another vow-renewal ceremony in 2013, with the children dressed in the outfits which were then re-used three years later

David and Louise are pictured in front of Disneyland's iconic castle appearing to hold Tinker Bell. The photo appeared on Facebook in October 2010 and was one of multiple trips to the theme park

David and Louise are pictured in front of Disneyland's iconic castle appearing to hold Tinker Bell. The photo appeared on Facebook in October 2010 and was one of multiple trips to the theme park

The malnourished siblings, who were taken to hospital still dressed in their pajamas, continue to undergo treatment. Child's services will now seek a court order to have oversight over the 13 children, including those over the age of 18.

Police confirmed that both David and Louise Turpin were religious but were unable to say if that played a role in holding their children captive. 

While still early in the investigation, police said there were no signs that any of the siblings were sexually abused or that the parents were suffering from mental illness.

The sheriff's captain said the conditions were horrific and amounted to torture. It wasn't yet clear

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