Mom accused in Fairfield child abuse case in court today

The Latest DA says kids shot with crossbows waterboarded

The Latest DA says kids shot with crossbows waterboarded

Ten children removed from a filthy California home in late March were waterboarded and hit with crossbows, among other violent acts, Solano County prosecutors said Wednesday.

The bathroom is strewn with feces at a home in Fairfield, Calif., Monday, May 14, 2018, where authorities removed 10 children and charged their father with torture and their mother with neglect after an investigation revealed a lengthy period of severe physical and emotional abuse.

Allen was arrested last week on child endangerment and torture charges.His wife, Ina Rogers, was also arrested but was able to leave the jail after she posted bond. That year, Ina Rogers called police to tell them she'd spent the night away from home after Allen threatened to rip her head off, police said.

The investigation started on March 31 when police responded to a report of a missing 12-year old on the 2200 block of Fieldstone Ct. Once they arrived, they immediately became concerned for the safety and health of the children and made a decision to search the property-that's when they discovered nine more children, "living in squalor and unsafe conditions".

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's accused of assisting Allen in the abuse, covering up injuries to the children and persuading them to remain silent.

This is a developing story. She did not enter a plea, but has denied allegations her kids were abused and Tuesday told reporters she was an "amazing mother".

At that point, the 10 children were taken into protective custody by Solano County Child Welfare Services, and placed in the care of relatives. Prosecutors charged Rogers, 31, on Wednesday in Solano Superior Court with nine counts of felony child abuse, saying that she caused the children to be in a situation likely to produce great bodily injury and death. Human and animal feces, urine, garbage and rotten food littered the floor, while heaps of debris blocked off certain areas of the house, the police statement said. "Jonathan worships the devil".

But Rogers said the home was messy because she had been searching for her son who had run off after his computer was confiscated.

Juarez wrote that Rogers dissuaded the children from reporting their injuries, which include broken arms, in order to protect Allen.

"My kids get bumped and bruised and scratched because they're kids, but that's it", she told reporters in front of her house, according to the AP.

In the six weeks since that arrest, police said, authorities have interviewed the eight older children and learned more disturbing details about their lives.

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. "Our whole goal in this is to just make sure that the children are in a safe place and that they have the resources to help them".

A California mother of 10 children who officials say suffered long-term abuse returned to court to face new charges of felony child abuse.

Rogers said she works the graveyard shift as an EKG technician at a heart monitoring company and her husband is a tattoo artist. "There's no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing". He has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of felony child abuse and seven counts of felony torture.

"I want the police to know that I am not an animal", Allen said.

Fairfield police Lt. Greg Hurlbut said the children are still in the custody of other family members and "seem to be improving", adding that he has not had a case in his decades as a police officer "where we charged someone with torture of their own children, if that tells you something".

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