If you were to look at Jordan Turpin's TikTok account, you might not think it was that extraordinary.

Her account is just one of the billion that exist, and to look at her, she's another bubbly young woman who loves to dance to songs by Britney Spears, Lil Nas X, Nicki Minaj and Hannah Montana.

But Jordan Turpin is extraordinary.

On January 14, 2018, a teenage Jordan saved her 12 siblings from what had been a lifetime of abuse at the hands of their parents, Louise and David Turpin.

Last week, for the very first time, Jordan, now 21, told her story. and the phone call that finally brought the Turpin children their freedom.

What happened to the Turpin children?

David and Louise Turpin had 13 children, who in 2018 ranged from two years old to 29. All but one, the youngest, had been physically and emotionally abused by their parents for almost their entire lives.

If you were to look at David and Louise's Facebook page, you'd see multiple family photos that suggested their children lived a happy life. But that couldn't be further from the truth.

They were imprisoned, beaten, strangled, allowed to eat just once per day and shower once a year.

They lived in squalor, and while their mother Louise had an obsession with purchasing toys and expensive outfits, they were made to wear the same unwashed clothes every single day.

"I was always terrified that if I called the cops or tried to escape, I would get caught, and then I knew I would die if I got caught," Jordan told Sawyer.

"But at the end, when I saw all my younger siblings, I knew that's what I had to do… That was my only chance. I think it was us coming so close to death so many times. If something happened to me, at least I died trying."


How did Jordan Turpin escape?

Early on January 14, Jordan, just 17, crawled out of the bedroom window of their Perris, California home and ran away into the dark. Using an inactive mobile phone, which only allowed her to make emergency calls, she phoned 911.

She told the operator she needed help rescuing her brothers and sisters, but she had trouble communicating her address or any nearby landmark.

"I literally never talked to somebody on the phone," Turpin explained.

When a police officer arrived, he found a malnourished-looking Jordan who appeared far younger than her 17 years. She showed him proof of her claims: a photo of her siblings chained to their beds.

What happened to the Turpin parents?

Within a couple of hours, deputies of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department raided the house. They didn't need a warrant as they were there for a welfare check. Louise and David looked shocked to find the police on their doorstep.

What the police discovered was a house reeking of dead pets, molding food, human excrement and garbage.

They found 12 children including three who had been shackled to their beds. The children had bruises on their arms and the children were so malnourished, they looked like they were all under 18 years old. The eldest, Jennifer, was 29. She weighed just 37kg. An 11-year-old had an arm circumference equivalent to that of a four-month-old baby.

The kids lacked basic knowledge. When asked by the police officer who met her on the street, Jordan did not know what medicine was.

The Turpins were charged with 12 counts of torture, 12 counts of false imprisonment, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, and six counts of child abuse. David was additionally charged with a lewd act on a child under 14.

In February 2019, the couple changed their not-guilty pleas to guilty to one count of torture, three counts of willful child cruelty, four counts of false imprisonment, and six counts of cruelty to an adult dependent.

Both were sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 25 years. David is currently at the California State Prison in Corcoran while Louise is in the Central California Women's Facility.


Where are the 13 Turpin children now?

While most of the children have had their identities kept anonymous, Jennifer and Jordan both chose to speak out on 20/20.

The ABC News investigation found some of the Turpin children have continued to face hardships and danger.

"They have been victimised again by the system," Mike Hestrin, the Riverside County district attorney, told Sawyer. According to Hestrin, some of the adult children are "living in squalor."

"They're living in crime-ridden neighborhoods. There's money for their education — they can't access it," Hestrin said, referring to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from strangers around the world.

Now Jaycee Dugard, who escaped 18 years of captivity after being abducted, is using her foundation to support the Turpin kids. You can donate to the JAYC foundation's fund to .

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