10 Children Rescued From “Sadistic” House of Squalor
10 children have been rescued from a home in Fairfield, CA from what police are describing as squalid and unsafe conditions.
Police are saying that parents Jonathan Allen and Ina Rogers were arrested after six weeks of investigation. They say the parents were responsible for “a long and continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse of the children.”
The investigation started when police received a phone call about a missing 12-year-old on March 31. When they found the boy and brought him home, they saw the other 9 children and a messy, unsanitary home. The children were immediately removed from the home and Ina Rogers was charged with neglect. She was released on $10,000 bond, but Rogers says the condition of the house was only due to frantically tearing the place apart looking for her son, and that it’s not reflective of her qualities as a mother. Interviews conducted with the children over the following weeks, however, revealed a different story. The children sustained injuries consistent with their stories of being burned, punctured and shot with a pellet gun.
Jonathan Allen was charged with 7 counts of torture and 9 counts of child cruelty. He would need $5.25 million to make bail. Again, Ina Rogers says this all a misunderstanding, and denies that her husband ever tortured the kids. Sharon Henry, the chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, however, is confident in the charges. Jonathan Allen has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
That being said, the trial might not be as cut and dry as we’d expect. None of the children needed medical attention when they were taken by CPS. Rather, the case against Allen is based on the children’s stories of their living conditions over the past several years.
What do you think? Is it even possible this is a misunderstanding, or does the video evidence of the house speak for itself? Let us know in the comments below.
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