Turpin teen's 911 call from escape played in court

The 17-year-old daughter of David and Louise Turpin told 911 her parents were abusive and that she and her siblings were chained up when they misbehaved.
2:26 | 06/21/18

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We'll turn to those new developments in the case in California where police say 13 children were held captive in their own home finally rescued after one of the kids managed to call 911. Their parents, Louise and David turpin appearing in court and learning chilling new details about that phone call. ABC's kayna Whitworth is in los Angeles with more. Good morning, kayna. Reporter: Robin, good morning. Prosecutors played the 20-minute call in court and you hear the 17-year-old girl who sounds like a young child struggle with words. But asking the dispatcher to help her sisters who were chained up and crying at night. David and Louise turpin appearing in court Wednesday accused of abusing and torturing 12 of their 13 children. David with a much shorter haircut than when the couple was first arrested in January. He was taking notes while prosecutors played the chilling 911 call made by their 17-year-old daughter when she escaped the so-called house of horrors. The girl can be heard struggling to spell her last name and give authorities her address. She tells the 911 operator, my parents are abusive. They abuse us and my two little sisters right now are chained up. She obviously has the personality that she's going to risk herself for others and she did that. And she managed to get out and we're very glad she did. Reporter: The girl also telling the dispatcher she doesn't know what medication is and when asked if she was in school, she says, a fake school is set up. I haven't finished first grade. And I'm 17. Just seven days before her harrowing efforts she's seen here in a video posted on YouTube. ?????? Reporter: There's also this video in which she's playing with one of the family's dogs. It shows the grime-smudged doors and clothes piled in the back of the room. Her parents charged with 75 total counts including torture, child endangerment and false imprisonment and both have pleaded not guilty to all charges but if convicted could face up to life in prison. All of the children were admitted to a hospital when rescued. Many extremely malnour ieshd. They're now living in separate hopes in the area and communicate with each other using Skype. Doctors say they also had to teach the older children basic life skills. Thank you for updating us on how the young children are doing. Thank you.

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