Rescued Turpin children were sexually abused and tortured by foster parents

Rescued Turpin children were sexually abused and tortured by foster parents who force-fed them, made them eat vomit and told them no one would love them, lawsuit claims

  • Six of the youngest 13 Turpin siblings filed a lawsuit against their foster parents, California’s Riverside County and its agency contractor ChildNet
  • The lawsuit claims the children suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Marcelino and Rosa Olguin, and their daughter, Lennys
  • Marcelino was accused of molesting the siblings, and all face charges of abuse and neglect of the Turpin kids between 2018 and 2021
  • The agencies are also accused of failing to report the abuse and being negligent by placing the kids in the Olguins’ care despite previous warning signs 
  • The children’s lawyers condemned the foster system for failing the children who suffered years of abuse from their biological parents  

Six of the youngest 13 Turpin siblings who were rescued from their abusive parents in 2018 said they have been sexually abused and tortured by their new foster parents who force-fed them and made them eat their own vomit.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of the children seeks damages over abuse and negligence against foster parents Marcelino and Rosa Olguin, California‘s Riverside County and its agency contractor ChildNet, which allegedly failed the traumatized children.

The lawsuit states that in the three years the children spent with the Olguins, they were subject to beatings, molestations and told repeatedly that no one would love them and that they should kill themselves. 

The children added that they were force-fed while in the Olguins’ custody, which caused them to develop eating disorders and vomit as the foster parents allegedly made them eat the vomit. 

‘These children who were chained to their beds for a great majority of their life finally are free, and then the county places them with ChildNet and puts them in another position where they are further abused,’ Elan Zektser, who is representing two of the oldest plaintiffs, told ABC News

Six of the youngest 13 Turpin siblings filed a lawsuit against  foster parents Marcelino and Rosa Olguin (above), California's Riverside County and its agency contractor ChildNet, for the abuse they suffered in the foster care system for three years

Six of the youngest 13 Turpin siblings filed a lawsuit against  foster parents Marcelino and Rosa Olguin (above), California’s Riverside County and its agency contractor ChildNet, for the abuse they suffered in the foster care system for three years 

Before allegedly suffering torture from the Olguins, the children were abused by their biological parents, David and Louise Turpin (pictured will all 13 kids)

Before allegedly suffering torture from the Olguins, the children were abused by their biological parents, David and Louise Turpin (pictured will all 13 kids) 

Marcelino, 63, was charged with the sexual abuse and physically and mentally torturing the children after bringing them into his home in 2018

Marcelino, 63, was charged with the sexual abuse and physically and mentally torturing the children after bringing them into his home in 2018

ChildNet and Riverside County officials did not immediately reply to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

Zekster and Roger Booth, who is representing the four youngest siblings, slammed the county’s foster care system for allegedly failing to protect the six children, who survived years of abuse by their biological parents. 

David and Louise Turpin made national headlines in 2018 when their 13 kids were rescued from their squalid Southern California home, with some of the children found chained to their beds, starved and largely isolated from the world. 

The couple pleaded guilty to torture and abuse in 2019 and have been sentenced to life in prison. 

Despite the high profile case, Booth said the children were let down by ChildNet and by the county, which was supposed to check-in regularly with the children. 

‘This case is one where the entire world was watching,’ Booth told ABC, ‘and yet, even in that situation, the county and ChildNet dropped the ball, which tells you, I think pretty clearly, what must be happening, and what we’ve seen happen in other cases with kids who aren’t famous, who are – whose cases are not high-profile, who nobody knows about.’

The Olguins were arrested in March 2021, with Marcelino, 63, charged with the sexual abuse and physically and mentally torturing all the foster children. 

Rosa, 58, and daughter Lennys, 37, have been hit with torture and false imprisonment charges for their alleged part in the abuse. 

All three pleaded not guilty, and Marcelino was freed on $200,000 bond, while the two women are each on $50,000 bond. 

The alleged abuse took place in the Olguin's five-bedroom home in Perris, California

The alleged abuse took place in the Olguin’s five-bedroom home in Perris, California

David Turpin

Louise Turpin

David and Louise Turpin – who are now serving life in prison – regularly beat and restrained their children, fed them just once a day, and only allowed them a shower once a year

The children's lawyers said that as of Wednesday, four of the 13 Turpin siblings are still in the foster care system, with the rest living together in a new home

The children’s lawyers said that as of Wednesday, four of the 13 Turpin siblings are still in the foster care system, with the rest living together in a new home

According to the lawsuit, Marcelino, named Mr. O, ‘sexually y abused Jane Doe 5 and her siblings by, among other things, grabbing and fondling their buttocks, legs and breasts, kissing them on their mouths and making sexually suggestive comments.’

The children were also allegedly forced to sit by themselves for hours outside and witness a foster child under Lennys’ care be ‘physically abused and tortured.’  

The Turpin siblings claim that the Olguins also made them sit in a circle and recount the horrors they faced from their biological parents. 

The children’s lawyer argued that ChildNet should never have placed the siblings in the Olguins’ care because ‘they had a prior history of abusing and neglecting children who had been placed in their care.’ 

The lawsuit lays out the abuse the children allegedly suffered at the hands of the Olguins

The lawsuit lays out the abuse the children allegedly suffered at the hands of the Olguins

The suit also claims that ChildNet was aware of the abuse the children suffered but failed to report it to law enforcement or child protective services. 

‘Defendants had a duty to protect plaintiffs, but instead protected Mr. and Mrs. O by failing to report the abuse and neglect of plaintiffs to Child Protective Services or to law enforcement and by failing to intervene and interfere when abuse and neglect was reported by others,’ the suit states. 

‘Defendants allowed plaintiffs to remain in the home for three years.’  

The children’s lawyers said that as of Wednesday, four of the 13 Turpin siblings are still in the foster care system, with the rest living together in a new home. 

The attorney’s added that their clients want the system’s that allegedly failed them to face accountability. 

‘They have highlighted that the most important thing to them is that this doesn’t happen to other kids,’ Booth told ABC. ‘I can’t even tell you how many times our clients have told us, ‘We just don’t want this to happen to someone else.’ 

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