California mother charged with felony child abuse

Jonathan Allen 29 and Ina Rogers 30

Prosecutors say 10 children rescued from a filthy, abusive home were subjected to 'waterboarding, ' shot with crossbows and had scalding water poured on them.

The children's father, Jonathan Michael Allen, 29, pleaded not guilty Monday to seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse.

Judge William J. Pendergast set bail for the 31-year-old Fairfield, California mother at $495,000, saying that she remains a danger to the children.

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.

They found a home filled with rotted food and human and animal waste, said Fairfield Lt. Greg Hurlbut.

Rogers was originally charged last month with child neglect but she bailed out of jail. Officials took pictures of the children and interviewed them individually, she said. "I am an awesome mother".

Rogers was initially arrested March 31 following an investigation into the disappearance of her 12-year-old son, said to be developmentally delayed with the mind of an 8-year-old. Rogers also stated that she homeschooled her children, but neither her current home nor her previous three homes were registered as private schools as required when homeschooling in the state of California. The boy was eventually found sleeping under a bush in a neighbour's yard, police said.

When police arrived at the couple's home in March the children did not need medical attention but eight of them said they had been abused in the past few weeks. Allen described their "functioning home" where the older children helped the younger children. When she was later asked why all 10 children slept in a single room while the other bedrooms were used as the parents' quarters, a "meditation room" and a playroom, Rogers replied that the children liked it that way.

At least one person suspected abuse: The children's maternal grandmother.

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Speaking with reporters, Rogers said the children suffered bumps and bruises associated with being kids but no serious injuries.

Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, said she was "horrified" by their statements.

On Tuesday, Rogers was charged with nine counts of felony child abuse in addition to a misdemeanor charge of child cruelty that she already faced. In interviews, the children described incidents of intentional abuse resulting in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a BB gun or pellet gun. She wrote that Rogers knew about the abuse her children endured but failed to protect them and assisted in the abuse herself.

Records obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle show Allen's abuse allegations date back to late 2011.

Ina Rogers is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Prosecutors at his hearing said the children had been tortured for "sadistic purposes".

Rogers told reporters earlier this week that the allegations against her and her husband are false. She also alleged that Allen put a.22 caliber gun into her mouth and threatened to shoot her, forcing her to beg for her life. They included corporal injury, assault with a firearm, and criminal threats against his wife. He was released in January 2015, according to the Chronicle. They held her hands and offered hugs in support.

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