Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

California mom of 10 to appear in court on abuse charges

California mom of 10 to appear in court on abuse charges

Their mother, Ina Rogers, denied nine counts of felony child abuse at Solano Superior Court in California on Wednesday. Her husband, Jonathan Allen, faces multiple charges of torture and felony child abuse.

Allen was charged with seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse, by the Solano County District Attorney's Office on Monday.

Fairfield Police beforehand stated they eliminated the 10 kids from the west coast house on March 31 after responding to a report of a lacking 12-year-old. Once they arrived, they immediately became concerned for the safety and health of the children and chose to search the property-that's when they discovered nine more children, "living in squalor and unsafe conditions".

Inside, officers found nine other kids, whose ages ranged from 4 months to 11 years old, "living in squalor and unsafe conditions", police said. Bail is set at $495,000, which her private attorney, Barry Newman, says she can not afford to pay.

Each Rogers and Allen have denied the accusations towards them. It was unclear whether she was immediately taken into custody because reporters were ordered to leave the courtroom. She was released after posting $10,000 bail.

"I can't believe we're going through this, my whole family, this is a nightmare", she said.

Police also say the children suffered a long history of physical and emotional abuse.

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. Bail for a California mother of 10 children who officials say suffered long-term abuse was set at almost $500,000 after the judge said she remains a danger to the kids.

California law requires children to be enrolled in public school unless they meet specific exemptions, such as documented attendance at a private school.

Her bail was raised to $495,000, while Allen remains in jail on $5.2 million bail, the network reported.

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Solano County Deputy District Attorney Veronica Juarez filed a notice with the court Tuesday in the case against Rogers.

All 10 children were placed into the care of the Solano County Child Welfare office.

Prosecutors said in the motion to increase Rogers's bail Wednesday that the children were also getting punched, strangled and bitten, shot with crossbows, were subjected to "waterboarding" and having scalding hot water poured on them. There was also spoiled food on the floor and feces-both animal and human-throughout the house, making some areas impassable.

Sheriff's and prosecutors say the children were rescued from a filthy house in March and had suffered puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun.

"I love my children with all my heart", Allen said through tears, dressed in striped jailhouse-issued clothing.

Solano County court records identified the victim as his spouse, listing her initial as "IR".

Stories about alleged abuse dating back years came out gradually in interviews with the children over the past six weeks, authorities said.

Allen pleaded no contest to a charge of corporal injury as part of a deal with prosecutors, and was sentenced to 180 days and three years of probation. She said her daughter failed to get on the school bus on her first day of kindergarten and was later found talking to a stranger and his dog at the school, she said. She called Allen a monster.

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

"My husband has a lot of tattoos, he looks like a scary individual, and that's why people are so quick to judge him".

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