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Louise Turpin biography: 13 things about Perris, California woman


Louise Anna Robinette Turpin is a white woman from Perris, California, United States. As Pentecostal Christians, she and her husband David Allen Turpin adhered to the teachings of the Quiverfull movement, which encourages procreation.

Originally from Princeton, West Virginia, USA, David and Louise met at Princeton High School. Initially, the couple lived in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Louise Anna Turpin (©Riverside County Sheriff's Department)
Louise Anna Turpin (©Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

David and Louise have 13 children, including Jennifer Turpin, Joshua Turpin and Jordan Turpin. The couple kept a secret life and did not allow their relatives to see their children.

Louise is Teresa Robinette and Elizabeth Flores‘s sister and Brenda Taylor‘s niece. Here are 13 more things about Louise:

  1. She was 16 years old when she eloped with David in 1985. That year, they got married in Pearisburg, Virginia.
  2. In 1988, she gave birth to Jennifer, her first child.
  3. In 1992, she gave birth to Joshua.
  4. In 1999, she, David and their children moved from Fort Worth to an isolated home in Rio Vista, Texas.
  5. In 2001, she gave birth to Jordan.
  6. In 2007, she and David kept their two youngest children and left the eight others in an isolated trailer on their property in Rio Vista. She and David would stop by once a week to drop off groceries but it was never enough food to feed everyone, according to Jennifer.
  7. In June 2010, she, David and their children left their Rio Vista property and moved to a  two-story home on Saint Honore Drive in Murrieta, California. He worked as an engineer for Northrop Grumman in California.
  8. On bankruptcy filings in 2011, she was listed as a homemaker. On October 29, 2011, she and David renewed their wedding vows with Elvis Presley impersonator Kent Ripley at a chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. They were accompanied by their 13 children.
  9. In 2012, she and David went to Disneyland in California with all their children except the youngest one.
  10. In 2014, she, David and their children moved to a single-story home in Perris. In 2015, she gave birth to her 13th child.
  11. In December 2016, she and David participated in a community holiday decorating contest and built a Nativity scene in their front yard. They and five of their 13 children were present when the contest winners were announced.
  12. On January 14, 2018, her daughter Jordan escaped from their Perris home. Police raided the house and found evidence of prolonged child abuse and horrendous living conditions. She and David were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Their bail was set at $9 million. She, David and their children were supposed to move from Perris to Oklahoma, USA on January 15, 2018. Their seven adult children were taken to Corona Regional Medical Center in Corona, California while their six youngest children were transported to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, California. On January 18, 2018, she and David pleaded not guilty to several charges.
  13. On February 22, 2019, she and David pleaded guilty on 14 felony counts, namely one count of torture, three counts of willful child cruelty, four counts of false imprisonment and six counts of cruelty to a dependent adult. On April 19, 2019, she and her husband were sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

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