Waterboarded and shot with crossbows: Ten kids were tortured for years by parents, prosecutors say

The 10 children who were removed from a home in Fairfield, California, were shot with crossbows, subjected to “waterboarding,’” and scalded with hot water, according to prosecutors.

The Solano County District Attorney’s office leveled the additional allegations of abuse in a motion to increase the bail of Ina Rogers, the children’s 31-year-old mother, who is charged with nine counts of felony child abuse. She did not enter a plea Wednesday and was held in lieu of $495,000 bail by Judge William Pendergast in Solano County Superior Court. It is unclear whether Rogers was immediately put in custody.

Investigators say the children were tortured, burned, beaten and shot with a pellet gun while living amid squalor and abuse – all of which allegedly occurred in a bright, four-bedroom house that looks from the outside as well-kept as the rest of the houses on the Northern California cul-de-sac. Some neighbors of Ina Rogers and Jonathan Allen said they had no idea the couple had so many children.

The home was littered with urine, human and animal feces, garbage and rotten food, police said, and heaps of debris blocked off parts of the home. 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.

“My husband is an amazing person,” she said. “I am an amazing mother.”

Allen, the 29-year-old father of eight of the children, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of felony torture and abuse. He was ordered held in lieu of about $5 million bail.

Police began investigating the family after their 12-year-old boy was reported missing at the end of March. Rogers later told reporters that the boy had left home angry because she had taken his computer tablet away. The boy …read more

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