Children freed after 'torture' by their parents


FULL INTERVIEW: Fairfield father accused in child abuse case speaks from jailOfficial say the children, ages 4 months to 12 years old, were subjected to puncture wounds, hot water, waterboarding and being shot with a pellet gun.

Solano County prosecutors included the horrific details in a motion to increase the bail for Rogers, who was charged with nine counts of felony child abuse.

But Rogers, who works at a heart-monitoring company, said the home was messy because she had been searching for her son who had run off after his computer was confiscated. It is unclear whether Rogers was immediately put in custody. On Wednesday, the judge indicated that Rogers had tried to contact her children in violation of court orders, which was part of the consideration in setting bail.

The bathroom is strewn with faeces at the four bedroom Californian home where authorities removed 10 children. Officers observed frightful living conditions inside the home including human and animal feces strewn about and rotting food.

"My husband is an incredible person", she said. "I am an fantastic mother".

Allen, the 29-year-old father of eight of the children, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of felony torture and abuse. Her husband is still in jail with a $5.2 million dollar bail.

Police began investigating the family after their 12-year-old boy was reported missing at the end of March. The boy was eventually found sleeping under a bush in a neighbour's yard, police said. They found the child asleep under a bush in a nearby residence and returned the child to the home, where they conducted a search due to concerns about the children's safety, police said. Pictures obtained by ABC affiliate KGO show furniture, trash and toys scattered at every angle, as if a storm had torn through the home. Parents who teach their own children are required to register with the state, but the state does not approve, monitor or inspect them.

Ten kids faraway from a dirty California house in late March have been waterboarded and hit with crossbows, amongst different violent acts, Solano County prosecutors stated Wednesday. She was released after posting $10,000 bail.

She now faces nine counts of felony child abuse.

Hurlbut said he believed the children were home-schooled.

"During the investigation, the children thoroughly described the incidents of abuse", according to the motion filed by prosecutors.

Rogers says she home-schooled the children, but the Fairfield, California, home was not registered as a private school and neither were three prior addresses where the family lived in Fairfield and Vallejo, according to the California Department of Education. The children spoke with speech impediments.

Deputy District Attorney Veronica Juarez wrote that Rogers assisted in the abuse of the children by Allen, and dissuaded the children from reporting their injuries, which include broken arms, to protect Allen, The Associated Press said. Both parents deny the abuse.

Their mother, Ina Rogers, denied nine counts of felony child abuse at Solano Superior Court in California on Wednesday.

Rogers on Monday - while still out on bail - held a sort of news conference at her home.