DA says California kids shot with crossbows, waterboarded

Jonathan Allen 29 of Fairfield appears in the courtroom of Solano County Superior Court Commissioner Robert Q. Warshawsky to be arraigned on charges of seven counts of felony torture and nine counts of felony child abuse Monday in Fairfield. (Joe

California prosecutors allege 10 children in filthy home were waterboarded, hit with crossbows, BBs, kicked and punched.

Rogers said she feels the family is being judged for having so many children and choosing to home-school them. Rogers already faces misdemeanor allegations of child endangerment, for which she was free on bail. 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. "I am an awesome mother".

The children are ages 4 months to 12 years and were removed from his Fairfield home after police found them living in filthy conditions.

The father, 29-year-old Jonathan Allen, was arrested Friday after the children were interviewed.

Larry Magney, who lives across the street on Fieldstone Court, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the couple moved in about a year ago.

Fairfield Police previously said they removed the 10 children from the Fairfield, California home on March 31 after responding to a report of a missing 12-year-old.

The boy was eventually found sleeping under a bush in a neighbor's yard, police said.

Pictures obtained by ABC affiliate KGO show furniture, trash, toys and miscellany scattered at every angle, as if a storm had torn through the home.

The charges allege that she caused the children to be in a situation that was likely to produce great bodily injury and death. They have been placed in the care of relatives while meeting with investigators and being evaluated child welfare professionals.

Rogers says she home-schooled the children, but the two-story Fairfield, California, home was not registered as a private school and neither were three prior addresses where the family lived in Fairfield and Vallejo, according to the California Department of Education.

Solano County prosecutors included the details in a motion to increase the bail of Ina Rogers, who was charged with nine counts of felony child abuse Wednesday. Allen is being held in jail with bail set at $5.2 million.

Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, said she was "horrified" by the statements from the children and that torture was carried out in the house "for sadistic purposes".

"Based upon what the children stated in their interviews, we believe torture occurred in this house", Henry said at a news conference. She was launched after posting $10,000 bail on April 9.

"I want to tell them that I love them". "There's no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing".

Rogers gave journalists a tour of the house, a four-bedroom home with scuffed walls and animal feces in the bathroom.

Rogers said she works the graveyard shift as an EKG technician at a heart monitoring company and her husband is a tattoo artist. Rogers' family, including her brother and sister, sat in shock during the hearing.

"I've been doing this a long time, I was a prosecutor for 22 years, and have not seen a case of such overwhelming evidence of mental, emotional, physical abuse by the hands of their parents", Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams said.

She denied Monday her husband had abused the children.

- A Fairfield father of 10, who is accused of torturing his children, spoke out from the Solano County jail on Tuesday. But I am not an animal. "The police demonized me all the way down to the names I picked for my children", Allen said.

In this photo provided by the Daily Republic, Ina Rogers, center, appears in Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield, Calif., Wednesday, May 16, 2018, to face multiple charges of felony child abuse.

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