Jonathan Allen and Ina Rogers were arrested earlier this week after police found their ten children with puncture wounds, burns, and bruises.
Those injuries were consistent with being shot with a pellet or BB gun, authorities said. They said the kids were also waterboarded.
The couple’s home in Fairfield, California, was filled with garbage, rotten food, and human and animal waste.
Wanda Rogers, the children’s maternal grandmother, also accused Allen of worshipping “the devil” and using the children as sacrifice.
Two parents have been accused of torturing and abusing their children while keeping them in squalid conditions in their suburban home.
Jonathan Allen and Ina Rogers were arrested on Monday in Fairfield, California. Police investigating a missing child report found their ten children living in a house filled with garbage, rotten food, and human and animal waste.
Lt. Greg Hurlbut of Fairfield Police said, according to the local KCRA news channel: “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.”
Police also said the children have burns, puncture wounds, and bruises — injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet or BB gun. They were also waterboarded, NBC reported, citing court documents.
Wanda Rogers, the children’s maternal grandmother, said Allen “worships the devil” and used the children as “sacrifice.”
She told NBC: “Jonathan worships the devil. He had a devil room, a devil room that he called a meditation room. He was using my grandkids for sacrifice.”
She told San Francisco’s KNTV channel: “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.”
Allen, 29, faces seven charges of torture and nine charges of abusing the children. Rogers, 31, will also be charged with nine counts of child abuse, the Associated Press reported.
Both parents have denied any wrongdoing, saying the children were found with wounds “because they’re kids,” and blaming the squalid conditions on their dog.
Ina Rogers, who has since been released, told reporters on Monday: “Anyone just needs to look into it and take my kids to the doctor alone, and all of these torture allegations will fall away, because there’s no broken bones, no major scars — no nothing.
“My kids get bumped and bruised and scratched because they’re kids, but that’s it.”
Meanwhile Allen, who remains detained, told KCRA: …read more
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