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Siblings in squalid California home 'waterboarded and shot with crossbows'

Siblings in squalid California home 'waterboarded and shot with crossbows'

The mother of 10 children removed from her home by authorities, who allege that numerous children were subject to torture, was charged Wednesday with nine felony allegations of felony child abuse and was taken into custody.

Rogers and her husband Jonathan Allen, 29, were arrested on March 31 at their home in the town of Fairfield, north of San Francisco, after police responded to a call about a missing child.

A Fairfield mother accused of abusing her 10 children is now in jail after a court appearance on Wednesday. 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".

Police found the children living in squalor while seeking a 12-year-old boy who had run away from home.

Rogers, who works at a heart-monitoring company, was released on bail last month but on Wednesday her bail was raised to $495,000 (£366,943) after Judge William J Pendergast said she remains a danger to the children. Some neighbors of Ina Rogers and Jonathan Allen said they had no idea the couple had so many children.

This is a developing story.

Rogers told reporters earlier this week that the allegations against her and her husband are false. Rogers was arrested and later posted bail. Officers found spoiled food, as well as animal and human feces on the floor of the family's home. Rogers later told reporters that the boy had left home, angry, because she had taken his computer tablet away. He is now being held on a $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.

While police claimed some of the abuse was carried out for a "sadistic" objective, they have declined to reveal what that abuse entailed.




The children were taken into custody and it was only during the subsequent probe that the sadistic abuse came to light, authorities said.

Allen also denies the allegations.

Some of the children, police said, described incidents of intentional abuse dating to 2014 - puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with an airsoft or BB gun.

They said the house was in filthy condition, with clothes, garbage and feces scattered everywhere.

Solano County Deputy District Attorney Veronica Juarez filed a notice with the court Tuesday in the case against the 31-year-old. She was launched after posting $10,000 bail on April 9. He told her it was unlikely her son was in his back yard because his dog would have barked, he said, according to the Chronicle. Rogers is now caring for several of the children while the others are with relatives, the network reported. "My husband has a lot of tattoos, he looks like a scary individual, and that's why people are so quick to judge him".

She denied torturing or abusing the children. "The police demonized me all the way down to the names I picked for my children", 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".

In an interview from jail with CNN affiliate KCRA, Allen insisted that his children were brainwashed into thinking they were abused.

Ina Rogers (center) appears in Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield, Calif., on Wednesday to face multiple charges of felony child abuse.


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