"We can assume that there could be depression and nightmares", Ochberg said.
David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been booked on charges of torture and child endangerment. On Sunday, a 17-year-old girl escaped the home before dawn, called 911 and drew deputies to the residence, where they uncovered a disturbing case of extreme alleged child abuse that has captivated worldwide attention.
It was a plan the 17-year-old and her siblings had planned for two years, according to Hestrin.
Ontiveros says no one knew what was happening behind closed doors. Writing in the journals was, quite possibly, what allowed the children to survive a life of fear, hunger and torture, said James Pennebaker, a renowned expert on using writing to heal from traumatic experiences. They were jailed on $12 million bail each.
Authorities say the children of David and Louise Turpin of Perris, California, were confined to their house, chained to furniture and starved for years until sheriff's deputies rescued them earlier this week.
"I'm going to talk with the children, find out the real story on this as soon as I can get a call through to them", James Turpin told The Associated Press.
The children of David and Louise Turpin were starved and shackled to their beds, sometimes for months, prosecutors revealed Thursday.
Hestrin said the children suffered "severe caloric malnourishment", were denied basic hygiene and medical care and were beaten.
Police found the siblings, aged between two and 29, shackled to beds at the filthy home in Perris on Sunday along with two healthy and friendly Maltese-mix puppies.
From a research perspective, the only writings that could even loosely compare to the children's journals would come from prison inmates or the famous diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager who chronicled her life as she hid from the Nazis during World War II, Pennebaker said.
According to CBS, their 29-year-old sibling weighed just 82 pounds, and a 12 year old weighed as much as an average 7 year old.
"We begged to see them, the whole family", she said.
Few details have been released about how the parents kept them captive despite what appeared to be opportunities for them to leave. Outline of accusations against Turpin parentsThe images appear to show carpets and walls covered in large stains. When police arrived at the victim's family home, they were greeted by extreme filth, a foul stench, and the sight of three children in chains.
Hestrin said they were so malnourished that it led to muscle wasting and stunted growth.
A police vehicle parks in front of the house on Muir Woods Road where authorities rescued 13 malnourished children who'd been held captive by their parents in Perris, California on January 16, 2018.