A public report detailing an independent investigation into Riverside County’s care of the 13 Turpin siblings, as well as the county’s safety net for at-risk children and adults, will not include everything that has was discovered by investigators, a county spokesperson said Friday, May 20.
Attorney Stephen Larson’s report, due for release in early to mid-June, will be “thorough and substantial … (but) the publicly available report will not include information deemed confidential by the court”, said said Brooke Federico.
Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fernandez ordered Wednesday, May 18 that the confidential records be released and can be used “to make findings and prepare a report” for the oversight board, but the information must be limited to the team. Larson, the council and his subordinates.
In remarks to the board in December, Larson, a retired judge, promised his investigation would be “thorough and transparent”.
The county hired his company after an ABC News “20/20” report about the Turpins, who were discovered in their Perris home in 2018 chained to their beds and abused by their parents.
David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty to 14 counts and are serving 25-year to life sentences in state prison. After their release, Turpin’s minor children were placed in foster care while the Public Guardian’s Office cared for the adult siblings.
The ABC report, which aired in November, raised questions about the children’s post-captivity life. Two of the adult children said they struggled to find money for food, were forced to live in bad neighborhoods and were thrown into society with little life skills or respect for their well-being , a claim supported by District Attorney Mike Hestrin.
Despite an outpouring of community support that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the children, Joshua Turpin said the Public Guardian refused his request for money to buy a bike. And three members of a Perris family have been charged with physically and psychologically abusing nine adopted children, five of whom evidence suggests are members of the Turpin family.
Larson was tasked with getting to the bottom of the Turpins’ care and looking into the county’s child and adult protective services. In 2018, the county paid $11 million to settle two lawsuits filed on behalf of a toddler found hugging his brother’s mummified corpse and a teenage girl who was repeatedly raped and ultimately impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend.
In another high-profile case, court records show social workers checked on 8-year-old Noah McIntosh of Corona at least three times before he disappeared in March 2019, but did not remove him from his home. Noah’s father has been charged with his son’s murder.
Larson’s report was due March 31, but its release was pushed back so his company could ask the court to unseal records needed for the investigation. A judge ordered the unsealing of other Turpin-related cases in March.