DA says California kids shot with crossbows, waterboarded

DA says California kids shot with crossbows, waterboarded

DA says California kids shot with crossbows, waterboarded

The new allegations were laid out Wednesday after prosecutors charged Ina Rogers with nine counts of felony child abuse.

Jonathan Allen told KCRA-TV from Solano County Jail on Tuesday that the children have been brainwashed into thinking they were abused. Allen, 29, was served with the arrest warrant Friday and charged with seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse, according to police.

He denied the charges and remains in custody and is being held on $5.2m (£3.85m) bail.

Rogers did not enter a plea when she appeared in courtroom on Wednesday and the decide set her bond at $495,000, saying that she continued to pose a hazard to her kids.

It's unclear whether any California government agencies had an opportunity to intervene sooner or knew of the turmoil in the household.

Rogers, 31, told reporters that she had one prior interaction with child welfare officials when her mother "had mentioned something" that prompted a home visit.

Prosecutors alleged Allen used a.22 caliber revolver in some of the crimes.

Allen pleaded no contest to a charge of corporal injury as part of a deal with prosecutors, and was sentenced to 180 days and three years of probation. Their mother claimed social services interviewed the kids three years ago but nothing came of the visit. Prosecutors said at a Monday press conference they were in the process of determining whether additional charges would be filed against Rogers.

Rogers told reporters after Allen's arraignment that much of the debris in the home was caused by police searching the home after they checked there after returning their oldest child, a 12-year-old boy, who had gone missing briefly back on March 31. Bail for a California mother of 10 children who officials say suffered long-term abuse was set at almost $500,000 after the judge said she remains a danger to the kids.

"He said 'when the voices stop, I'll stop hitting you, '" she said.

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All 10 children were placed into the care of the Solano County Child Welfare office.

On Wednesday, prosecutors disclosed the children also had been waterboarded, shot with crossbows and had scalding water poured on them, CBS News reported. Parents who teach their own children are required to register with the state, but the state does not approve, monitor or inspect them.

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District had no record that the students attended any school in the district, said Tim Goree, a district spokesman. The mother, 30-year-old Ina Rogers, was arrested for child neglect and taken to Solano County Jail. Sharon Henry, the county's chief deputy district attorney, said they were tortured "for sadistic purposes".

When police arrived at their home after finding their missing child, they found nine children huddled together amid filth, the report added. She was launched after posting $10,000 bail on April 9. He was subsequently found but, while probing the family's Fieldstone Court home for the child, officials said unsettling issues came to light. The allegations are included in court documents seeking to increase the bail set for Rogers.

"My husband is an unbelievable person", she said. Her court-appointed attorney, Barry Newman, declined comment.

During the subsequent separation from their parents, eight of the children interviewed by police shared experiences that can only be described as horrific.

At least one person suspected abuse: The children's maternal grandmother.

They both worked, she said - she on the graveyard shift as an EKG technician, and Allen as a tattoo artist.

"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 told KNTV in San Francisco.

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