The childhood friend of the children who were rescued from a California house of horrors on has recalled her short-lived friendship with the three eldest siblings.
Ashely Vinyard, 25, lived across the street from David, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, when the family was living in their Rio Vista home in Texas.
The couple was arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment on Sunday after their 17-year-old daughter escaped through a window and called 911 saying her brothers and sisters were being chained up in the home.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Ashely, a local photographer, tells of the moment she befriended two of the girls and their brother when they were kids.
'I was about ten years old when I met the Turpin kids. I was friends with Jennifer, Josh, and Jessica. We were friends for several months. We were all about the same age,' Ashely said.
'The first time I noticed them they were walking up and down the street, the three of them. Josh had a stick in his hand and was poking at rocks on the ground.'
The Turpins lived in a 2,300 square foot home on 36-acres from 1999 to 2010 before they relocated to Riverside County, California after the bank foreclosed on the house.
They previously lived about 40 miles north in Fort Worth, Texas from around 1992 to 1999.
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Ashely Vinyard says she was 10 years old when she befriended Jennifer, Jessica, and Josh Turpin (pictured) when the family were living in Rio Vista, Texas. The three siblings are believed to be in their mid-20s now
Ashley Vinyard, 25, says the kids were well mannered but very protective and refused to talk about their home life. She rarely ever went to their house and only ever 'got as far as the dining room and kitchen area'
Vinyard lived across the street from the Turpin family who lived in a 2,300 square foot home (pictured) on 36-acres from 1999 to 2010 before they relocated to Riverside County, California after the bank foreclosed on the house
Ashely said she went over and began talking to them and soon they started playing together.
'We lived out here in the country and I was excited to have a group of kids to play with. We mostly played in their front and back yard, we never played in the house.
'We played in the creek that runs by their house, catching frogs and minnows and throwing rocks, normal kid's stuff. Running around just being crazy and having fun.'
She says the kids were well mannered but very protective and refused to talk about their home life.
'They really didn't talk about their parents or family like a lot of other kids do. Every time I innocently asked them about their parents they would sort of shut down.'
'I only met the parents a few times, the mother always dressed modestly, the father had an intimidating presence but quiet, he never said anything.'
David Turpin drove a white truck while Louise hauled the kids around in a 12-seater type of van, she says.
'I only went into their house on a couple of occasions - you had to enter through the back door. I remember there were animal cages and newspapers strewn about on the floor, piles with feces on it. They had dogs, cats and goats.
'Even though the house smelled of poop at the time I really didn't think anything about it, since we lived out in the country it was no big deal to have animals in your house.'
'I never went into the kids bedrooms to play, I only got as far as the dining room and kitchen area. Oddly, I remember not seeing any sign of food in the house or any dishes in the sink.'
Louise and David Turpin (pictured in their booking photos) were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Police found their 13 kids living in squalor and shackled to their beds
The couple were known to take their kids on bizarre trips such as Las Vegas chapels to renew their vows every two years. Above they are seen in a picture from 2011
The former neighbors say they never saw the mother of the children pregnant but when the couple moved in they had about eight kids and by the time they left 'they added a few more'
Ashely's mother Shelli recalled the strange encounter she had with the Turpin kids that ultimately ended their friendship with her daughter.
'The Turpin kids rarely came over to our house to play. One day when they came over I asked them their names, a normal question. One of the girls said to me, "I can't tell you our names, but if you listen I might be able to find out what our names are, and then the little sister said, 'Don't say anything' to the older one,' Shelli says.
'At first I thought she was joking but later realized she wasn't. It was at that point I thought something strange was going on over at the Turpin house.'
Shortly after Shelli asked the Turpin kids their names, Ashely said she went over to the Turpins' house and knocked on the door to see if they could play.
According to Ashely, Louise Turpin answered the door and told her, 'I'm sorry they can't come out and play today, they can't play with you anymore.'
Ashely says she was 'hurt' by the rebuff, but continued to try to play with her new friends.
'I knocked on the door a few more times but there was never an answer. But I could see a young baby in a playpen in the front window. Just the baby in the playpen, no one else was around.
'I never played with the Turpin kids after that day. I don't know if it was because my mother was asking them too many questions and the mother and father got nervous.'
After that incident, the kids allegedly stopped playing in the front yard and played in the back yard instead so Ashely couldn't see them, but heard them.
One day Ashely and her mother Shelli noticed a large double wide trailer parked out in the back of the Turpin's yard. The family had moved out of their house and into the mobile home.
The Turpins allegedly moved out of the house and into a double wide trailer because the home was full of garbage and feces
The woman who is currently renting the Turpin house from a new owner told the DailyMail.com she found unusual vents (pictured) in the master bedroom closet when she moved in
She believes the couple's children may have been locked in there
Later Ashely and her mother realized that the house where Turpins had been living in for four years was so full of feces and other garbage and they had to move out of it and move into the trailer.
The family lived in the new home for about four years, Shelli says.
'One day the family just moved out. We didn't realize it for several weeks until bill collectors were knocking on our door asking about the Turpins.
'After they moved out we went snooping over at their property. I opened the back door of the house and two dogs came charging out.
'The room smelled of feces and the dogs were eating dirty diapers for food. They were empty Vienna sausage cans strewn all over the house.
'They had a huge garbage dumpster at their house and we heard a baby kitten crying. We pulled a baby kitty from the dumpster and kept it. There were other whimpering sounds coming from their property, but we could never find where they came from.
'The dumpster smelled of death, who knows what was buried in it.'
Shelli said she went inside the double wide and found two rooms with six sets of bunk beds like barracks.
'There were like make-shift mattresses on the bed and when you tried to lift them up they would fall apart.'
There was another room like a make-shift school room.
Ashely's mother Shelli (right) says the children's mother did not allow them to play with her daughter after she asked one of the girls for her name
'There were about five or six desks and old beat up chalkboard leaning against the wall.
'The chalkboard was dusty and dirty and there was basic elementary words written on it.'
Ashely says she remembers seeing religious material on the floors, 'stuff like preparing for Armageddon. It looked like a cult house, it was kind of scary.'
'I remember not seeing any toys or dolls at the house.'
Shortly before the family disappeared and moved out, Shelli says she heard that a neighbor once saw one of the Turpin daughters was walking down the road and offered to give her a ride.
'I guess she was running away. She asked the lady who picked her up, several questions like, how do you get a driver's license? How do you get a job?
'The Turpin kid didn't know her birthday or didn't even know what was president of the United States.'
At the time, Ashely says she didn't realize what was going on in the home.
'I was ten years old, but now looking back at things, there were a lot of strange things going on, they didn't make a lot of noise for a family of 10-plus people.'
Shelli said she saw the parents out at the local Applebee's a few times without their kids, 'they were friendly enough but not overly friendly.
Shelli added: 'I never saw Louise pregnant but when they moved in they had about eight kids and by the time they left they added a few more. Every time we turned around we would see another toddler car seat in the van.'
After they lost the house to a foreclosure, the mortgage company came out to start cleaning up the property.
'I was so scared when they picked up the trash, I was hoping they wouldn't find dead bodies, they found several dead animals in the house. It was a tense eight years while they lived next to us.'
Billy Baldwin, 48, the current owner of the former Turpin house in Rio Vista, says the home was in such bad shape 'realtors made you sign a "hold harmless agreement'" before you can view it
Billy Baldwin, 48, the current owner of the former Turpin house in Rio Vista, told DailyMail.com he bought the home after it was foreclosed on by the bank.
'The house was in really bad shape, so bad that realtors made you sign a "hold harmless agreement" before you could go in and look at the house,' Baldwin said.
'The flooring in the bathroom was rotted out, the roof had blue tarps on it. It took the mortgage company several months to sale in as is condition.
Baldwin says they basically had to remodel the house from the ground up.
'We spent about $30,000 on it to get it livable.'
'There was feces on the floor, a lot of old diapers around.'
'They [Turpins] had to move out of the current house because it was so full of garbage.'
After they moved out Baldwin said he found some old pictures in the house and it showed two beds with what looked like a rope hanging on the end of the bed.
'I don't know how any living person could treat their kids like that and I think they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Miranda Stanley who is currently renting the Turpin house from Bill Baldwin told the DailyMail.com she found unusual vents in the master bedroom closet when she moved in.
'There are two vents in the closet and they are covered up now,' she said.
She believes the couple's children may have been locked in there.
Miranda said the Turpins were hoarders and even filled up their barn in the pack with junk.
'From what I understand it got so bad you couldn't even walk around house, so they had to move into a double-wide.'