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'It was the first time I had been on a sidewalk': Jordan Turpin opens up about 911 call she made moments after escaping 'house of horrors'

Jordan was one of 13 siblings who were abused by David and Louise Thurpin, center, in their Southern California home

A young woman who was 17-years-old when she escaped her home and called the cops on her abusive parents describes the 911 call that freed her 12 siblings from captivity in a trailer for an upcoming interview. 

'My whole body was shaking, I couldn't really dial,' said Jordan Turpin, choking back tears as she described the moment she finally escaped the House of Horrors and made the 911 call.

Jordan, now 21, said that after making her escape on January 14, 2018, she had been walking in the road 'because I didn’t even know about the sidewalks'.

'You’re supposed to be on the sidewalk, but I'd never been out there,' she told ABC News.

Then 17, Jordan was able to raise the alarm and the police were called out to the family home to rescue her 12 siblings who showed signs of malnutrition, abuse, and were living in horrific conditions.

Their parents David and Louise Turpin, pled guilty to 14 counts of torture and other abuse and were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 2019.

Jordan Turpin, 21, was just 17 years old when she crawled through a window and called the police on her parents in January 2018

Jordan Turpin, 21, was just 17 years old when she crawled through a window and called the police on her parents in January 2018

Jennifer Turpin confirmed that the kids would often be chained up for months

Jennifer Turpin confirmed that the kids would often be chained up for months

Jennifer and Jordan Turpin (second from left) spoke to Diane Sawyer about their rescue. The full interview is set to air on Friday

Jennifer and Jordan Turpin (second from left) spoke to Diane Sawyer about their rescue. The full interview is set to air on Friday

Explaining her decision to finally escape, Jordan told NBC's Diane Sawyer, 'I think it was us coming close to death so many times.'

'It was literally a now or never. If something happened to me, at least I died trying.'

'The only word I know to call it is 'hell,"' Jordan's sister Jennifer added in the trailer for the 20/20 special, set to air Friday.

'My parents took my whole life from me, but now I am taking my life back,' she said.

Jennifer doesn't doesn't want her siblings to be remembered as victims, but instead as fighters.

'I want the Turpin name [to be] "Wow, they're strong. They're not broken. They've got this,'" she said.

Jordan was one of 13 siblings who were abused by David and Louise Thurpin, center, in their Southern California home

Jordan was one of 13 siblings who were abused by David and Louise Thurpin, center, in their Southern California home

David (pictured) and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty to 14 counts of torture and other abuse in 2019 and were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison
The Turpin parents are both eligible for parole in 22 years (Pictured: Louise Turpin)

David (left) and Louise Turpin (right) pleaded guilty to 14 counts of torture and other abuse in 2019 and were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. They are eligible for parole in 22 years

Jordan, describing life post-rescue, said: 'It's so free. Like wow, this is life.'

Jordan said she and her siblings came 'close to death so many times.'

'Mother, she choked me and I literally thought I was going to die,' she shared.

In her harrowing 911 call, Jordan sounded clear but agitated as she walked away from the home she was confined to most of the time and revealed everything to the dispatcher. 

'Um hello? I just ran away from home because I live in a family of 15. OK? Can you hear me? And we have abusing parents. Did you hear that?' Jordan Turpin tells a dispatcher.

When the dispatcher asked how her parents abused her and her siblings, she replied: 'OK, They hit us. They like to throw us across the room. They pull out hair. They yank out our hair. I have two ... My two little sisters right now are chained up.' 

Bodycam footage later shows officers enter the house, confront the parents and discover the children, at least two of whom were shackled to their beds. 

Jordan crawled out of a window and called the police using a cell phone in January 2018. She said she walked on the street because she didn't know about the sidewalks

Jordan crawled out of a window and called the police using a cell phone in January 2018. She said she walked on the street because she didn't know about the sidewalks

'Sarge, we've got another room in the front right here with two kiddos in the bed,' an officer says in the video.  

A deputy asked Jordan, 'What are your parents going to do when they find out you left?'

'They are going to want to literally kill me,' she answered. 

The siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29 years old, were freed from the home in January 2018 after a 17-year-old Jordan crawled through a window and called 911. 

They were regularly beaten, starved and strangled by their parents. The house was covered in filth and the stench of human waste was said to be overwhelming.

Jennifer confirmed that the kids would often be chained up for months.

David and Louise ate fast food in front of their children, who were only allowed one meal per day at one point. They would chain the siblings to filthy beds if they tried to steal food

David and Louise ate fast food in front of their children, who were only allowed one meal per day at one point. They would chain the siblings to filthy beds if they tried to steal food

In 2019, Louise's sister said that Louise (above) cried when they discussed the children but 'didn't want to admit to anything' and is in 'denial'

In 2019, Louise's sister said that Louise (above) cried when they discussed the children but 'didn't want to admit to anything' and is in 'denial'

Deputies testified that the children said they were only allowed to shower once a year

Deputies testified that the children said they were only allowed to shower once a year

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Comment by John Smith on March 5, 2022 at 12:03am

It's great that they share their experience open.. GOD BLESS THEM..

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Comment by Ignar on November 17, 2021 at 7:51pm

Religion, is a hell of a drug. Makes people act so crazy. Messes up their brain, really bad. So sad.

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