A Californian couple have been arrested after police found their 10 children living in filth and squalor, while also showing signs of prolonged torture and abuse. Ina Rogers, 30, and Jonathan Allen, 29, are currently awaiting trial and face various charges of neglect, abuse, and assault. However, there has been a drive to increase the bail for Ina Rogers who, it is argued, did nothing to stop Allen’s violent and twisted behaviour. As a result, details of the case have been made public for the first time, and they paint a horrific picture.
The children were found with puncture wounds, cuts, burns, and bruises, and spoke of how their father had spent years torturing and abusing them. They ranged in age from 4 months to 12 years old and have since been taken into protective custody after a six week investigation by police concluded that they were at extreme risk.
Police said on Monday that their parents Jonathan Allen, 29, & Ina Rogers, 30, had been arrested and charged with neglect and torture.— Dr. Thomas Hoke (@hoke_thomas) May 15, 2018
Photos show home show a bathroom completely covered in feces and a bedroom with garbage strewn everywhere and stained bed sheets and pillows. pic.twitter.com/QY8sUSBNjy
The children had been continuously tortured since 2014 having been beaten, whipped, cut, stabbed, and shot at with crossbows, air rifles, and pellet guns. They even described having been water boarded by their father, who also took to throwing scalding hot water at them. The bulk of the abuse falls on Allen who has pleaded not guilty, arguing that the children have been brainwashed into thinking they’ve been abused.
“'I didn't do what they said I did,” he told reporters. “I'm not a cruel dad. I am the most loving parent that I could possibly be.”
He also added that he was religious, saying:
“I am like the Indiana Jones when it comes to spirituality. I dig deep.”
Meanwhile the mother, Ina Rogers, also faces charges of felony child abuse as it has arisen that she frequently dissuaded the children from reporting injuries, including a broken arm, and it is believed she played a key role in allowing the abuse to continue.
Fairfield mom accused of child endangerment calls accusations “ludicrous”. Ina Rogers faces 10 felony counts her husband is accused of torture. Couple has 10 kids pic.twitter.com/kpDhzwW3fU— Jodi Hernandez (@JodiHernandezTV) May 14, 2018
The case first came to police’s attention after Ina phoned them to report her son missing. When police found him hiding under a neighbour’s bush they returned him to his home only find his nine siblings living in filth and squalor, exhibiting clear signs of abuse. Ina, meanwhile, has insisted that the “squalor” police describe is a consequence of her tearing her house apart to find her missing son. However, this does not explain why police found the children living in their own faeces. Nor the physical and medical signs of abuse.
Both parents are awaiting trial. Ina was granted $10,000 bail and has since invited the press into her home to see what it looks like “on a normal day”, but her husband has remained in prison while he awaits trial.