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Had she waited a few more days, the daughter of the “torture house” couple may have never escaped Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool
David Allen Turpin, right, and Louise Anna Turpin, left, appear in court for their arraignment in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Prosecutors filed 12 counts of torture, seven counts of dependent adult abuse, six counts of child abuse and 12 counts of false imprisonment against Turpin and his wife, Louise Anna Turpin. Authorities say the abuse left the children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

The California “torture house” couple was planning to move themselves and their thirteen children to Oklahoma just “days” after their 17-year-old daughter escaped from the home she and her siblings had been imprisoned in for years, according to multiple sources who spoke with ABC News.

David Turpin, 57, was set to start a new job with defense contractor Northrop Grumann, which would have required relocating himself and his family from California to Oklahoma. The family was reportedly planning to move “within days” of their daughter’s escape on January 14.

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“There were boxes in the house consistent with moving — concentrated in hallways, entryway and bedrooms,” a source claimed.

Trash and a fake rattle snake sculpture are seen on the front door of a home where police arrested a couple on Sunday accused of holding 13 children captive in Perris, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The parents of 13 children and young adults have pleaded not guilty in a California court to numerous charges that they tortured and abused the siblings for years. David and Louise Turpin were each ordered held on $12 million bail after entering their pleas Thursday and were scheduled to return to court on Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

It’s unclear whether the 17 year old’s escape via a window in the filthy home was prompted by the forthcoming move, as officials have indicated that she and her siblings had been planning the escape for more than two years. However, the family had apparently moved several times over the years, twice in Texas and once in California, and left behind a house in horrible condition each time.

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After their daughter was able to climb through a window and use a deactivated cellphone to call police, Turpin and his wife Louise, 49, were arrested. They have since been accused of torture, false imprisonment and child abuse for allegedly keeping their children — ranging in age from 2 to 29 — shackled inside their home, allowing them to shower only once a year, beating them routinely and giving them just one rationed meal a day.

They are each facing twelve counts of torture, twelve counts of false imprisonment, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult and six counts of child abuse. David Turpin has been charged with an additional count of a lewd act on a child under the age of 14. They face up to 94 years in prison if convicted and are each being held on $12 million bail. They have both pleaded not guilty, and their children are being treated at two nearby hospitals.

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