One of the Duggar girls, who was on the “19 Kids and Counting reality” television show for many years, has offered to adopt all 13 of the so-called “House of Horror” children.
The offer came after the Turpin siblings were rescued from their parents on Jan. 14.
Prosecutors said in the Turpin parents first court appearance this month that Louise and David Turpin had kept their kids imprisoned for decades, and gradually ramped up abuse to the point where the children were only allowed to eat once a day and shower twice a year.
When police officers arrived at the Perris home, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, they were “shocked” to find the siblings living in a squalid household, all malnourished, and some even chained to large objects, according to a local police department news statement.
Now that the parents are in jail awaiting trial, attention has focused on what will happen to the brood, whose ages range from 2 to 29.
Amy Duggar King, cousin to the main Duggar family, is the latest person to come forward and offer to adopt all the children, who have expressed their wishes to stay together as opposed to being separated.
“I just texted Dillon and told him I wanted to adopt all 13 Turpin children. I would love to show them true love and have a beautiful life and provide a secure and stable home for them,” King wrote on Twitter, referring to communication with her husband.
I just texted Dillon and told him I wanted to adopt all 13 Turpin children. I would love to show them true love and have a beautiful life and provide a secure and stable home for them. #ifonly #houseofhorrors
God can restore what the devil has stolen?
— AmyRking (@amyduggar) January 29, 2018
“Anyone who can hurt animals and starve /torture children in any way need to be hung by their toenails. Watching the news just breaks my heart.”
King later hit back against people who accused her of using the Turpin children as a publicity stunt.
“I have no idea how to reach out to the these precious Turpin Children or who to contact, could someone help me? Dillon and I want to meet them,” she said.
“This isn’t a publicity stunt for all those haters out there. My heart is just breaking for them. I am sincere with my words and action. I know there is no shortage of people who want to help these kids. I hope they will be given to a good home, with proper care and support where they can reach their full potential.”
Their uncle is among those who have offered to adopt the children.
As of now, the children have been separated as follows: the ones legally children are in a foster home; the ones legally adults are in an assisted living facility.