A Fairfield, California, couple was arrested for child neglect, torture, and child abuse by police who say they were forcing their 10 children to live in disgusting conditions.
KCRA reported that Fairfield police were originally responding to reports of a missing 12-year-old boy who they later located and returned to his home. According to a police statement, the boy was found sleeping under the bush of a nearby home.
But officers say the conditions between their first visit in March and their second on Friday had not improved, although they did conduct a search of the home.
Ina Rogers, the children's mother, was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of child neglect.
The police Family Violence Unit, Child Welfare Services and the District Attorney's Office then launched an investigation.
"Not only do I have 11 children - and I am 30 years old - but I also home school all of my children and people don't agree with that lifestyle", Rogers said.
The children's mother told news outlets on Monday that the situation exploded when she called police to report that her son was missing.
According to authorities, the children were not only made to live in unfit conditions, they were also abused and physical and emotionally traumatized.
Investigators believe nine of the 10 children were abused. His bail was set at $5.25 million, and he is due back in court May 24, according to court records.
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Chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, Sharon Henry said that the alleged abuse was inflicted with "sadistic objective".
Meanwhile, Fairfield police Lt. Greg Hurlbut said that the children "seem to be improving", under the care of other family members.
He is in custody, while Ms Rogers, his wife, was arrested on allegations of child neglect but was released on bail last month. At the end of March, Jonathan Allen, a 29-year-old California father, was arrested and charged after the authorities established that the man shackled his children and shot them with a pellet gun for "sadistic purposes". I strive and I pride myself on being a good parent to my children, My husband has a lot of tattoos.
Rogers stated the youngsters slept in a single bed room as a result of they have been shut; cots have been saved in a bed room closet. "He looks like a scary individual and that's why people are so quick to judge him". He was booked into the Solano County Jail for nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse.
She described herself as an "amazing mother" and her husband, Allen, as an "amazing person".
Rogers told the media that the reason the home was in disarray was because she tore up her house looking for her missing child.
Ina Rogers is shown in a photo provided by the Solano County Sheriff's Office.
Rogers informed reporters she's shocked police had leveled essentially the most severe accusations in opposition to her husband, as he was not the disciplinarian of the household. "But I don't know how you can keep it quiet when you have 10 kids".