Calif. couple charged with neglecting, torturing their 10 kids

A cruel California couple tortured their 10 children “for sadistic purposes” at a house of horrors cops found packed with trash and feces, authorities said Monday.

The kids, whose ages range from 4 months to 12 years old, were forced to share one bedroom at the Fairfield home.


When the children were removed in March, they told investigators of intentional puncture wounds consistent with a pellet gun, in addition to burns and bruises. Their parents, Jonathan Allen and Ina Rogers, have been accused of abusing the children, according to police.

“It literally breaks your heart, and you’re outraged by how a parent or anyone could commit those acts,” said Sharon Henry, the chief deputy district attorney for Solano County.

The decision to remove the kids happened on March 31, when cops found “unsanitary living conditions” while looking for Rogers’ oldest child, who was missing.

Fairfield police Lt. Greg Hurlbut said officers saw “spoiled food on the floor, animal and human feces and a large amount of debris making areas of the house unpassable.”

The bathroom floor is strewn with feces at the Fairfield home when toured by reporters Monday.

The bathroom floor is strewn with feces at the Fairfield home when toured by reporters Monday. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Rogers blamed the damage to her home to her maddened search to find her missing son.

Reporters found a similarly harrowing environment more than a month later when Rogers invited them inside for a tour of the four-bedroom home Monday.

Photos show dirty walls and piles of animal feces on the floors.

All the children shared the same bedroom, she said, while the three other rooms were allocated for the master bedroom, playroom and a meditation room.

Authorities interviewed the kids during their investigation and determined they were being abused.

Another room is covered in debris.

Another room is covered in debris. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Rogers was arrested and released on April 9 after posting a $10,000 bail.

The 30-year-old mom denies that she and Allen, 29, abused the kids, all of whom were homeschooled.

“I strive on being a good parent to my children,” she said outside her house. “My husband has a lot of tattoos, he looks like a scary individual and that’s why people are so quick to judge him.”

“My husband is an amazing person, I am an amazing mother,” she continued. “I’m not going to allow this to break us and I’m not going to stop fighting.”

Rogers is charged with neglect. Allen has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse.


Toys and other items clutter a room inside the home.

Toys and other items clutter a room inside the home. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

He is being held on a $5.2 million bail.

Child services visited the home years ago but didn’t say why, Rogers said.

In another child abuse case in California, David and Louise Turpin were charged with torturing their 13 children after their emaciated 17-year old daughter escaped their Perris home in January.

In May, David Turpin was charged with eight counts of perjury for lying on government form about his kids’ schooling.

Source: Ny Daily News

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