The prosecution will file nine child molesting charges against the California mother of 10 children who have suffered lengthy ill-treatment in a dirty house, according to investigators.
Ina Rogers, scheduled for trial Wednesday, told reporters this week that the allegations against her and her husband are false.
It is still unclear whether any California government agency has had the opportunity to intervene in years when authorities claim the children have been abused at their home in suburban Fairfield, approximately 46 miles (74 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco. Her mother claimed that social services had interviewed the children three years ago, but nothing came of the visit.
"Nothing was established, my children were put back," she said. Solano County Department of Child Care officials did not respond promptly to queries Tuesday to learn details about the visit or information about other interactions they might have had with members of the household.
Sheriffs and prosecutors say that the children were rescued from a dirty house in March and suffered puncture wounds, burns, bruises, and injuries consistent with the bullet shot. Sharon Henry, the county's chief deputy district attorney, said they had been "tortured for sadistic reasons."
Her father, Jonathan Allen, 29, was arrested Friday and is being held in Solano County Prison in seven cases of torture and nine child maltreatment. He pleaded not guilty, and the bail was priced at $ 5.2 million. Allen rejected the allegations in an interview with KCRA-TV on Tuesday, stating, "I'm not an animal."
"The truth is that it's a working household," he said. "Everyone helped everyone, it was a complete circle – the elders helped the little ones."
Questions remain as to how the children and the alleged abuse went undetected for years until March 31 when police responded to a missing youth report
They found a house full of rotten food and human and animal waste, Fairfield said Lt. Greg Hurlbut. The police removed the children from 4 months to 12 years old and arrested Rogers on suspicion of neglect. She was released after paying a $ 10,000 bail.
Stories of alleged abuse have gradually come in interviews with the children over the last six weeks and eight of the children have reported incidents dating back several years, according to the authorities.
Rogers She says she taught the children at home, but the house in Fairfield was not registered as a private school, and according to the California Department of Education, there are not three previous addresses in Fairfield and Vallejo.
Under California law, children must be enrolled in public school, unless they meet certain exceptions, such as documented participation in a private school. Parents who teach their own children can enroll as a private school, but the state does not approve, monitor or control them. Some in-house teachings are also offered through self-directed programs at public or charter schools.
Rogers said that she had enrolled her two eldest children at school, but decided to teach them herself because she did not get enough attention. She said her daughter did not get on the school bus on her first day of kindergarten, and later talked to a stranger and his dog at school, she said.
"They were bullied and the teachers did not help me with their education," Rogers said. "So I said, 'Okay, how am I supposed to do this with all these kids? I can not do that." So I thought, "I'm the only one who does not care", so I caught to teach her at home. "
At least one person suspected abuse: The maternal grandmother of the children. She called Allen a monster.
"He took the baby and slapped it in the face and put duct tape on the baby's mouth to silence it," Wanda Rogers told KNTV in San Francisco.
Rogers said: Children slept in a bedroom because they were nearby. The other rooms of the house were used as master bedroom, playroom and meditation room.
Rogers said she works as an ECG technician at a cardiac monitoring company and her husband is a tattoo artist.
Neighbor Larry Magnaye said he had no idea that there were 10 children in the house across the street.
The parents waved from the driveway, but he never saw the children in the garden or heard them playing in the backyard pool.
"It's a big house," Magnaye said, "but I do not know how you can keep it quiet if you have 10 children. I can not calm it down with one, two, you know? "
Har reported from San Francisco.