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DA: 10 Kids Removed From Home Were Waterboarded

Calif. kids were also shot at with crossbows, she alleges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2018 2:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – The 10 children rescued from a filthy, abusive California home were strangled, punched, shot with crossbows, and subjected to waterboarding by their father, Jonathan Allen, and their mother did nothing to stop it, prosecutors say. The details of alleged abuse were included in a motion to increase the bail of Ina Rogers, 31, who was charged with nine counts of felony child abuse Wednesday in Solano Superior Court, the AP reports. Rogers did not enter a plea, but has previously denied allegations her children were harmed. "On a continuous basis the children were getting punched, strangled, bitten, shot with weapons such as crossbows and bb guns, hit with weapons such as sticks and bats, subjected to 'waterboarding' and having scalding water poured on them," Solano County Deputy District Attorney Veronica Juarez wrote.

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The motion states that when Fairfield Police arrived at the two-story house in a suburb 46 miles northeast of San Francisco on March 31, they found the children "huddled together on the living room floor" in a home littered with feces and trash. "The children appeared to be skittish and spoke with speech impediments," she said. Officers removed the 10 children, ages 12 years to 4 months, from the house. Juarez alleges Rogers assisted in the abuse and "dissuaded the children" from reporting their injuries, which include broken arms. It's unclear whether any California government agencies had an opportunity to intervene sooner or knew of the turmoil in the household. Bail was set at $495,000 for Rogers Wednesday.

(Read more child abuse stories.)

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