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DA says kids shot with crossbows, waterboarded

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.

Prosecutors have refused to discuss details of the allegations against Rogers and her husband Jonathan Allen, 29, who has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of torture and felony child abuse. 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.

In a press release Monday, Lt. Greg Hurlbut from the Fairfield Police Department stated that officers visited the residence after locating one of the family's children, a 12-year-old boy, who had been reported missing. What officers saw when they returned him to his home on March 31 caused authorities to seize the children and launch a criminal investigation.

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.

Rogers has denied her children were abused. Her children are reportedly with Rogers' mother, Wanda Rogers, and sister. None of the children required medical care.

The home was littered with urine, human and animal feces, garbage and rotten food, police said, and heaps of debris blocked off parts of the home. She did not say why. An attorney who represented Rogers in court Wednesday declined to comment after the hearing. He appeared in court Monday, pleaded not guilty, and was ordered held in lieu of about $5 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.

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

"The children described incidents of intentional abuse resulting in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a BB or air soft type gun", the lieutenant said.




The children were taken into custody and it was only during the subsequent probe that the sadistic abuse came to light, authorities said. FULL INTERVIEW: Fairfield father accused in child abuse case speaks from jail Police accuse Allen and Rogers of punching, burning and water boarding their 10 children.

Both denied wrongdoing in interviews with local media.

"I live a very spiritual life - not in the sense that I believe in like offerings and like doing torturous things to kids, and these like satanic things that they're trying to say that I do".

On Monday, Ina Rogers also had defended herself before reporters at her two-story, four-bedroom home in Fairfield near the San Francisco Bay Area. Away from their parents, the children revealed a history of severe physical and emotional abuse, police said.

Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, disagrees.

"She was pretty concerned, and she was like, you know, running around the neighborhood", Magney said, adding that he was "shocked" to learn that 10 children were living in the house, the Chronicle reported. 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 said she works the graveyard shift as an EKG technician at a heart monitoring company and her husband is a tattoo artist. "He looks like a scary individual, and that's why people are so quick to judge him", Rogers told reporters.

Peggy Allen, the mother of Jonathan Allen, said she had talked to Rogers about the importance of keeping a clean house.