Mom accused in Fairfield child abuse case in court today


It's still unclear whether any California government agencies had an opportunity to intervene in the years authorities claim the children were abused inside their home in suburban Fairfield, about 46 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Solano County Prosecutors charged the father, Jonathan Allen with 16 felonies, including seven counts of torture, and nine counts of felony child abuse. Her husband, Jonathan Allen, faces multiple charges of torture and felony child abuse.

The Solano County District Attorney's office leveled the additional allegations of abuse in a motion to increase the bail of Ina Rogers, the children's 31-year-old mother, who is charged with nine counts of felony child abuse.

When police arrived at their home after finding their missing child, they found nine children huddled together amid filth, the report added. Police removed the children, ages 4 months to 12 years, and arrested Rogers on suspicion of neglect. She pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and her bail was set at $495,000. Rogers did not enter a plea, but has previously denied allegations her children were harmed.

This is a developing story. An attorney who represented Rogers in court Wednesday declined to comment after the hearing. She's now free on $10,000 bail. The children were removed from their home on March 31.

The children's father, 29-year-old Jonathan Allen, pleaded not guilty to torture and child cruelty charges. 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.

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

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. Officers said the home was filled with rotting food, feces and trash. All her children were then taken into protective custody by Solano County Child Welfare Services and placed in the care of other family members, with whom they remain.

Investigators say the children were living in "squalor and unsafe conditions".

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"On a continuous basis the children were getting punched, strangled, bitten, shot with weapons such as crossbows and bb guns, hit with weapons such as sticks and bats, subjected to "waterboarding" and having scalding water poured on them," Solano County Deputy District Attorney Veronica Juarez wrote in the bail request.

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

Earlier Tuesday, Allen said he is "not an animal" and he's confident he will be acquitted.

Prosecutors alleged Allen used a.22-calibre revolver in some of the crimes. Ina Rogers denied the children were mistreated.

Authorities stated they subsequently arrested and booked Rogers into jail for youngster neglect.

He pleaded no contest to corporal injury as part of a deal with prosecutors.

The parents of 10 children rescued from what California authorities call years-long abuse are both in jail after their mother was taken into custody Wednesday and her bail set at almost $500,000 to reflect the seriousness of the charges. 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.

They both worked, she said - she on the graveyard shift as an EKG technician, and Allen as a tattoo artist. "He looks like a scary individual, and that's why people are so quick to judge him", Rogers told reporters.