Parents charged after police find 10 children living in faeces, garbage

California prosecutors allege 10 children in filthy home were waterboarded, hit with crossbows, BBs, kicked and punched.

California prosecutors allege 10 children in filthy home were waterboarded, hit with crossbows, BBs, kicked and punched.

Ten kids faraway from a dirty California house in late March have been waterboarded and hit with crossbows, amongst different violent acts, Solano County prosecutors stated Wednesday. DA says Fairfield kids waterboarded, shot with crossbowsThirty-year-old Ina Rogers has publicly called herself an wonderful mother, but she was booked into the Solano County Jail on nine felony counts of child abuse on top of a previous child endangerment charge.

Her 10 children were rescued from their squalid home in Fairfield, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, on 31 March after she reported her eldest child, aged 12, missing.

Once they found the child, they searched the home due to concerns for the safety and health of the other children.

The 30-year-old is the mother of all 10 children - from a 4-month-old infant to her oldest, a 12-year-boy. She pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and her bail was set at $495,000.

Rogers has denied her children were abused. Rogers and Allen now face allegations of child neglect, torture and abuse after the children told investigators they suffered puncture wounds, burns and bruising as well as injuries consistent with being shot by pellet guns or BB guns.

Rogers was arrested March 31, the same night her son was returned to her, and booked into Solano County Jail for alleged child neglect.

Fairfield police Lt. Greg Hurlbut on Monday described the home as having human and animal feces and urine on the floor, as well as spoiled food and garbage. She provided photos of a room where she said he worshiped the devil. It is unclear whether Rogers was immediately put in custody.

Rogers says she home-schooled the children, but the Fairfield home was not registered as a private school and neither were three prior addresses in Fairfield and Vallejo, according to the California Department of Education. Juarez also wrote that Rogers dissuaded the children from reporting their injuries to doctors to protect Allen.

The alleged abuse was done with "sadistic goal", Henry said during a news conference.

The children did not require medical attention when they were removed, but stories about abuse came out gradually over the past six weeks and eight of the children told professionals about incidents dating back several years, authorities said.

The children's father, 29-year-old Jonathan Allen, pleaded not guilty to charges of torture and child cruelty and is being held on $5.2 million bail.


Allen denied being a Satanist in a jailhouse interview with local news station KCRA.

Rogers was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment.

Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, said she was "horrified" by their statements. She was released after posting $10,000 bail.

Hurlbut said the investigation revealed a "long and continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse of the children".

Neighbor Larry Magnaye said he had no idea there were 10 children living in the house across the street.

"She was pretty concerned, and she was like, you know, running around the neighborhood", Magney said, adding that he was "shocked" to learn that 10 children were living in the house, the Chronicle reported.

She said: "There's no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing".

Police said they believe "significant torture took place" at the Fairfield home.

"My husband has a lot of tattoos".

The home of Ina Rogers and her husband, Jonathan Allen, in Fairfield, Calif.

Peggy Allen, the mother of Jonathan Allen, said she had talked to Rogers about the importance of keeping a clean house.

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