Ten children have been removed from a home in Fairfield, California, where police say they were tortured, burned, beaten and even shot with a pellet gun while living amid squalor and abuse of all kinds.
The abuse was detailed in a motion filed by prosecutors to increase the bail of the children's mother, 30-year-old Ina Rogers, who was ordered taken into custody and whose bail was set at $495,000.
Jonathan Allen and Ina Rogers face charges of torture and child abuse after police found their children injured and their home in squalid condition.
In the filed report, Deputy District Attorney Veronic Juarez said Rogers assisted in the abuse of her children and persuaded them not to say anything as a means to protect Allen.
The investigation started on March 31 when police responded to a report of a missing 12-year old on the 2200 block of Fieldstone Ct. Once they arrived, they immediately became concerned for the safety and health of the children and chose to search the property-that's when they discovered nine more children, "living in squalor and unsafe conditions".
The children range in age from four months to 11 years.
Allen blames his wife's mother for the situation and arrest because he says she is money hungry and wants custody of his children. He remains in jail with bail set at more than $5.2 million.
"He would take the baby and slap it in the face and put duct tape on the baby's mouth to make it shut up", Wanda Rogers said.
Speaking with reporters, Rogers said the children suffered bumps and bruises associated with being kids but no serious injuries. Denying all allegations, Jonathan Allen claimed he's a peaceful man who is the "Indiana Jones of spirituality".
During Wednesday's hearing, Ina Rogers was charged with nine counts of felony child abuse.
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As part of a deal with prosecutors in 2011 he pleaded no contest to corporal injury and was jailed for 180 days and three years of probation.
"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. Still, Rogers, while she was out on bail for her initial charges of child neglect earlier this week, gave reporters an open-house tour of what she insisted was a loving if unconventional home.
Officials have stated that the abuse was done for "sadistic" reasons and that the children have speech impediments.
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Rogers said she works as an EKG technician at a heart monitoring company and her husband is a tattoo artist.
Then Child Welfare Services, the Fairfield Police Department's Family Violence Unit and the Solano County District Attorney's Office launched an investigation.
Rogers was originally released on April 9 after post $10,000 bail.
Stories about the alleged abuse came out gradually in interviews with the children over the past six weeks, and eight of the children told professionals about incidents dating back several years, authorities said.
At least one person suspected abuse: the children's maternal grandmother. The house was a mess the day police returned their child because she had tossed everything around looking for her son, she said.
California law requires children to be enrolled in public school unless they meet specific exemptions, such as documented attendance at a private school.