By Jonathan J. Cooper and Janie Har | Associated Press
FAIRFIELD — A Northern California woman denied that she or her husband abused their 10 children after authorities said the kids suffered puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun.
The father charged with torturing his children says he is “not an animal” and he’s confident he will be acquitted.
Jonathan Allen told KCRA-TV from Solano County Jail on Tuesday that the children have been brainwashed into thinking they were abused.
The children, ages 4 months to 12 years, were removed from their home March 31 after Ina Rogers contacted authorities to report that her oldest child was missing, police said Monday.
Officers went to the home in Fairfield and found filthy conditions, Lt. Greg Hurlbut said.
“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.
Authorities said some of the injuries to the children appeared to have been caused by someone shooting a pellet gun.
Allen was arrested Friday after the children were interviewed. He has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse and was being held on $5.2 million bail.
The children did not require medical attention when they were removed. Stories about the alleged abuse came out gradually over the past six weeks and eight of the children told professionals about incidents dating back several years, authorities said.
Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, said she was “horrified” by the the children’s statements and that torture was carried out in the house “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.
Rogers, 30, was arrested on suspicion of neglect last month and released after posting $10,000 bail.
She denied Monday her husband had abused the children.
“There’s no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing,” Rogers told reporters in front of her house. “My kids get bumped and bruised and scratched because they’re kids but that’s it.”
Rogers gave journalists a tour of the house, a four-bedroom home with scuffed walls and animal feces in the bathroom.
Rogers said the children slept in one bedroom because they were close and that cots were stored in a bedroom closet. The home’s other rooms were …read more
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