Police: 10 Fairfield kids found living in horrible conditions, parents arrested for neglect and torture

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Police: 10 Fairfield kids found living in squalor, parents arrested
A Fairfield couple has been charged with everything from child neglect to torture after police say they discovered their 10 children living in squalor. And now the mother is speaking out, saying her husband is an "amazing person" and she is an "amazing mother."

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KGO) -- A Fairfield couple has been charged with everything from child neglect to torture after police say they discovered their 10 children living in squalor.

"This is absolutely appalling," Ina Rogers said, standing in the doorway of her Fairfield home while giving reporters her reaction to charges she and her husband abused, even tortured, their 10 children.

VIDEO: Inside Fairfield home where police say kids lived in 'squalor'

Fairfield couple has been charged with everything from child neglect to torture after police say they discovered their 10 children living in squalor. Here's a look inside the home.

"I strive, I thrive on being a good parent to my children," Rogers said. "My husband has a lot of tattoos. He looks like a scary individual, and that's why people are so quick to judge him. But my husband is an amazing person. I am an amazing mother."

The 30-year-old mother is out on bail after her arrest in late March, in which she was being charged with abuse after police returned her 12-year-old son to the family home after he had been reported missing.

Rogers showed reporters the inside of her home, which she claims was left messy by police after their search. All of the children sleep on the floor in one room.

VIDEO: Fairfield mother calls child abuse accusations 'ludicrous'

Torture, child cruelty, child endangerment -- all charges a Fairfield couple now face after the discovery of ten children living in squalid conditions at their family home.

Fairfield police arrested Rogers' 29-year-old husband Jonathan Michael Allen on Friday after a six-week investigation. He's been charged with nine felony counts of child cruelty, and seven of torture.

"The children described incidents of intentional abuse resulting in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot by a pellet or airsoft gun," said Lt. Greg Hurlbut.

Hurlbut added that police found filthy conditions in the home shared by Rogers and Allen.

"Officers located unsafe and unsanitary living conditions including garbage and spoiled food on the floor, animal and human feces and a large amount of debris making areas of the house unpassable," he said.

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

She said at a news conference that "torture occurred in this house" and it was carried out "for sadistic purposes." She declined to elaborate.

"It literally breaks your heart, and you're outraged by how a parent or anyone could commit those acts," Henry said afterward.

Rogers says she got pregnant when she was 16 years old. The Fairfield resident went on to say that she has 11 biological children ages four months to 14 years old. Three she had before meeting Allen and eight more in the past 10 years.

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. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

She says she home schools the children, while working full-time as a medical technician. "Not only do I have 11 children and I'm 30 years old, but I also homeschool all of my children and people don't agree with that lifestyle and so I've had many people question my right to parent and I just feel like this whole situation was exploded," Rogers said.

Allen was arraigned Monday afternoon in a Solano County court. He is being held on $5.2 million bail.

The children have all been placed in the custody of Rogers' sister and mother in the Bay Area. All 10 children were initially taken into protective custody by Solano County Child Welfare Services.

VIDEO: Police discuss alleged abuse of 10 children in Fairfield

Fairfield police held a press conference regarding 10 children who were rescued after being allegedly abused by their parents.

With the assistance of Child Welfare Services and the Solano County District Attorney's Office, detectives with the Fairfield Police Department's Family Violence Unit initiated an investigation.

Officials say the investigation revealed a long and continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse of the children. As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for the father of the children and served by detectives on Friday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m. at the family home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.