Estranged Aunt of 13 siblings rescued from home says something was off

Elisabeth Flores, Louise Turpin's sister, said 20 years ago the couple only let their daughter out of her room for meals.
1:40 | 01/17/18

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13 children allegedly held captive in their own home. Some shackled to the furniture. Well, tonight, the clues from the homes where the families once lived. Here's ABC's senior national correspondent Matt Gutman tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a glimpse into the alleged fortress of cruelty police say David and Louise turpin built around their family. They worried about child protective services. Reporter: The turpins were led away in handcuffs on Sunday, and Elizabeth says she hasn't seen her sister in 20 years, but says she knew something was off, even back then. I remember they were really strict on the oldest daughter. She was bound to her room a lot, and they would let her come down and eat meals and it was kind of like almost like a ritual or something weird, it used to bother me, because before she sat down, she had to get permission. Reporter: These photos obtained exclusively by dailymail.com show clutter and children's toys stacked up in the home. Current and former neighbors say the turpins left a trail of red flags. I'd come home anywhere from 12:30 to 3:00 in the morning, the kids marching between those two rooms up there. Reporter: How long would they March in single file? Hours. Reporter: Hours? Yeah. They were, you know, just like they were in the military, just making a loop. Reporter: In Texas, their former neighbor says the family rarely left the home. I called it the compound, because they were so closed off from society. Reporter: David, the turpin parents are scheduled to be arraigned in this courthouse tomorrow. That, as child protective services continues to evaluate those 13 siblings. And to give you a sense of how malnourished the elder seven adults were, all of them quire new clothing but in children's sizes.

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