An independent investigation into allegations that Riverside County neglected 13 children found fettered and malnourished at a Paris home is set to be temporarily released in mid-June, a county spokesman said on Friday, May 13.
Brooke Federico said via text that Stephen Larsen’s law firm is on track to conclude its investigation by Tuesday, May 31. The report was originally supposed to arrive by March 31, but delays by the court in getting the sealed records pushed it back to the end of May.
The county hired Larson, a retired judge who was chained to his bed and abused by his parents in 2018 after ABC News “20/20” reported on Turpins.
David and Lewis Turpin pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts and are serving 25 years in state prison. After being freed, the minor Turpin children were placed in foster care, while the Office of the Public Guardian looked after the adult siblings.
The ABC report raised questions about the children’s life after incarceration. Two adult children said they struggled to find money for food, were forced to live in poor neighborhoods and were put into society for the sake of few life skills or their well-being, District Attorney Mike A claim supported by Hestrin.
Despite community support raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for children, Joshua Turpin said Public Guardian declined his request for money to buy the bike. And three members of a Paris family have been charged with physically and mentally abusing nine foster children, five of whom have evidence that suggests Turpins are members of the family.
In an update to the board of supervisors in March, a lawyer for Larson’s firm said investigators reviewed more than 2,600 documents and interviewed more than 85 people, including two Turpin siblings.