- Charity Douglas, 50, is the child welfare boss whose social workers sent five Turpin children to live with an alleged pedophile
- DailyMail.com spotted Douglas smartly dressed in a navy print blouse as she left her home in Riverside County, California
- Douglas has run the Riverside County Children’s Services Division since September 2018 and she now faces questions
- Marcelino Olguin, 63, of Perris, California, has been charged with seven counts of committing a ‘lewd and lascivious act on a child’ and six of torture
- His wife Rosa, 58, and daughter Lennys, 37, have been hit with torture and false imprisonment charges for their part in the abuse
Charity Douglas, 50, is the child welfare boss whose social workers sent five Turpin children to live with an alleged pedophile
By RUTH STYLES IN PERRIS, CALIFORNIA, FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:24 BST, 1 April 2022 | UPDATED: 21:21 BST, 1 April 2022
Police raided the Turpins’ four-bedroom house in Perris, California in early 2018 and found many of the malnourished children shackled to their beds by chains, living in unimaginable filth
Marcelino Olguin, 63, of Perris, California, has been charged with seven counts of committing a ‘lewd and lascivious act on a child’ and six of torture
Olguin’s wife Rosa, 58, and daughter Lennys, 37, have been hit with torture and false imprisonment charges for their alleged part in the abuse.
All three pleaded not guilty when they appeared in court in Riverside, California, on Friday. The judge set the next hearing for June 6. Marcelino was freed on $200,000 bond, while the two women are each on $50,000 bond.
According to court papers the family fostered four other children as well as the Turpins. One, a five-year-old girl was regularly left in soiled clothing and forced to stand for hours on end, charging documents say.
The nine children remained with the Olguins until their arrest in March 2021.
Asked to comment on the case, a spokesman for the Riverside Department of Public and Social Services said: ‘Neither DPSS or Charity Douglas are commenting as an independent investigation by the Larson firm is ongoing.’
That investigation into the county’s handling of the Turpin case is headed by retired judge Stephen Larson. It was due to report on by the end of March but that date has now been pushed back to May 31.
A colleague of Larson’s has complained that his work has been hampered by lack of access to records.
DailyMail.com revealed exclusively on Thursday that Olguin allegedly touched two of the Turpin girls, one of whom was under 14 at the time, on their buttocks and upper thighs more than 50 times .
He ‘told them they were sexy, recommended they not wear undershirts, said they had beautiful skin, forcibly kissed them and pulled a minor on top of him,’ investigator Thomas Salisbury wrote.
Now we can disclose that Douglas’s beleaguered Children’s Services Division is currently being sued over another case that saw a baby boy savagely beaten and left with serious head injuries after social workers sent him back to his abusive mother.
Named in court papers as ‘Demetrius L’, the complaint says social workers had investigated his mother Lonnie Carranza 12 times over the abuse of her three older children in the five years before his birth but allowed the baby to live with her.
Less than two months after he was born in April 2019, Demetrius was rushed to the hospital with seizures and vomiting.
DailyMail.com spotted Douglas smartly dressed in a navy print blouse as she went to work in California
Marcelino and Rosa Olguin are pictured at their arraignment for child abuse charges against multiple foster children in December
Soon after the children were found in 2019, five of the siblings were placed in a foster care at Olguin’s five-bedroom home in Perris, California
A doctor who examined the baby said he was the victim of ‘abusive head trauma, that this was not a one-time injury, and that he may suffer long-term developmental consequences.’
Although Carranza was arrested in May 2020 social workers from the Children’s Services Division decided to allow her unsupervised visits with Demetrius.
Incredibly, despite noting that Demetrius was ‘regressing’ after the unsupervised visits, social workers decided to return him to Carranza’s care permanently in June 2020.
A month later, the baby was referred back to Douglas’s department after sustaining ‘a large lump on the side of his head’.
Deon Austin Welch was sentenced to 230 years in prison for repeatedly raping his girlfriend’s underage daughter
Carranza claimed it happened after he got excited. And although a social worker noted he had a scratch on his cheek ‘consistent with a fingernail’ and was not walking or talking, the baby still wasn’t taken away.
Finally, in December 2020, Demetrius was rushed to hospital again – this time with a life-threatening brain bleed that medics said was consistent with abuse.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in July 2021, despite knowing of Carranza’s abusive behavior, social workers ‘simply refused to do their jobs and instead looked for any opportunity to close their files and avoid taking meaningful action’.
The lawsuit and the Turpin fiasco are the latest in a string of scandals involving the Children’s Services Division which has paid out more than $30million in compensation claims since 2009.
One of the most notorious cases was that of ‘Jacqueline Doe’ who was awarded $10m in November 2018 after suffering repeated rapes by her mother’s boyfriend.
Just 11 when the rapes began, Jacqueline was 13 when she became pregnant by Deon Austin Welch. The baby has since been adopted.
Peverted Welch, 32, was convicted of multiple counts of rape in August 2019 and is now serving a 230-year sentence at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.
According to the complaint in that case, social workers visited her home 20 times between 2003 and 2010 and knew the child was being abused but they not only failed to remove her, they also made Welch one of her designated caregivers.
Douglas’s predecessor left her job mainly due to this case.
David and Louise Turpin – who are now serving life in prison – regularly beat and restrained their children, fed them just once a day, and only allowed them a shower once a year
The Turpin family made headlines in 2018 after 13 siblings were rescued from their parents’ ‘house of horrors’ in Perris, where they were forced to live under horrific, abusive conditions
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case of Bryce McIntosh, who has been charged with the 2019 murder of his eight-year-old son Noah
The Children’s Services Division has also faced intense criticism over its handling of a case which ended in the murder of eight-year-old Noah McIntosh – despite social workers investigating the family 10 times in the 18 months before he died.
Noah, who lived in Corona, California, was deemed to be ‘in no immediate danger of serious harm’ by social workers less than a year before he vanished on March 2 2019.
Dad Bryce McIntosh, 35, was arrested 10 days later and charged with his murder in December 2020 along with a count of torture and another of willful child cruelty.
Noah’s body has never been found but prosecutors say McIntosh purchased long-cuffed gloves, bolt cutters, four gallons of muriatic acid, a 32-gallon trash can and several bottles of drain opener shortly in the days after his son vanished.
Cops who searched an area where McIntosh’s cellphone pinged also discovered a blood splattered plastic bag and a piece of paper with the words ‘Noah M’ written on it.
McIntosh is due to appear in court late next month for a pre-trial conference. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty if he is convicted.
Noah’s mother Jillian Godrey, 39, was arrested the same day as her husband and has already pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangerment. She will be sentenced in October.