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Impassable hallways, spoiled food, burns, bruises, human and animal feces.
It was all part of “a long and continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse” that a northern California father inflicted on his 10 children, police said Monday.
Jonathan Allen, 29, has been charged with nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse, Fairfield police announced.
Social service workers removed the 10 children, ranging in age from four months to 12 years, from the home. Their mother, Ina Rogers, faces lesser charges of neglect.
The children suffered abuse including "puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot by a pellet or airsoft gun," police said. All of the violence was "for sadistic purposes," said Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County.
Despite the charges of vile neglect and abuse, Rogers maintains that she and Allen are loving parents.
"I strive, I thrive on being a good parent to my children," Rogers told WGO-TV in San Francisco. "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."
Police first became aware of the alleged neglect when Rogers reported her 12-year-old son missing March 31. Cops found the boy and took him home, but quickly became concerned about the children's living conditions, which officers reported as squalid and unsafe. The children were removed and Rogers was charged with child neglect. She later posted bail.
For the past six weeks authorities spent time interviewing the children, who are now staying with Rogers’ sister and mother in the Bay Area. Those interviews revealed allegations of abuse.
All of the children slept on the floor in one room, WGO-TV learned while touring the house, which appeared to be extremely cluttered. A bathroom floor also seemed to be smeared with feces. Rogers claimed police had left the house in the messy condition.
Rogers, who works as a medical technician, said she homeschools the children. “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.
[Photo: Solano County Sheriff's Office]
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