Nobody lives inside the brown stucco home on Muir Woods Road.
A van and two cars parked in the driveway haven’t been driven in weeks. The gate leading to the backyard blows open in the wind. A dark curtain in the front window hides what’s left inside.
One month has passed since a 17-year-old girl escaped through a window on a Sunday — Jan. 14 — and told authorities about the abuse she said she and her 12 siblings, aged 2 to 29, suffered inside the family home in Perris. For neighbors, life is returning to normal since the sea of journalists has disappeared, but they remain jarred and disturbed by what prosecutors say took place so close to their homes.
Authorities have released some details of what they say occurred there, including that the siblings were deprived of food and allowed to shower once a year. Four days after the escape, David Allen Turpin and his wife, Louise Ann Turpin, pleaded not guilty to 75 felony charges between them, ranging from torture to child abuse and false imprisonment. They’re set to return to court Friday, Feb. 23.
For almost a week, neighbors lived beneath the local, national and international media spotlight.
Television trucks took up nearly every inch of available curb space. A helicopter and drone circled over the house. Drivers visiting the neighborhood pulled out cellphones and snapped photos of the scene.
Kimberly Milligan, who lives across the street from the Turpins, said Monday, Feb. 12, that it has been difficult over the past month to process what happened.