DA Says California Dad Strangled, Shot With Crossbow & Waterboarded 10 Kids

California prosecutors allege 10 children in filthy home were waterboarded, hit with crossbows, BBs, kicked and punched.

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Father Jonathan Allen, 29, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of torture and felony child abuse.

Judge William J. Pendergast agreed with the deputy district attorney's request to set bail at $495,000 USA, saying Rogers "may not be a danger to the public at large, but these charges make clear she is a danger to the children".

KRON4's Lydia Pantazes is at the courthouse this morning.

Rogers says she home-schooled the children, but the two-storey Fairfield, Calif., 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.

"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," Juarez wrote.

The charges allege that Rogers caused the children to be in a situation that was likely to produce great bodily injury and death.

She said in the court filing that Rogers dissuaded the children from reporting their injuries, which include broken arms, in order to protect Allen.

In the six weeks since that arrest, police said, authorities have interviewed the eight older children and learned more disturbing details about their lives, which led to authorities to arrest Allen and to bring more charges against Rogers.

Solano County Superior Court Commissioner Robert Q. Warshawsky set bail at $5,250,000.

"My husband is an incredible person", she said. The mother, 30-year-old Ina Rogers, was arrested for child neglect and taken to Solano County Jail.

"He would take the baby and slap it in the face and put duct tape on the baby's mouth to make it shut up", Wanda Rogers said.

Investigators say the children were living in "squalor and unsafe conditions".

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The children are ages 4 months to 12 years and were removed from his Fairfield, California, home after police found them living in filthy conditions.

Rogers' attorney, Barry Newman, informed Pendergast that his client pleaded not guilty to all charges and asked that bail be set at $50,000, which his client could afford and had the ability to post.

Police also say the children suffered a long history of physical and emotional abuse.

"The children appeared to be skittish and spoke with speech impediments", Juarez added. Rogers is now caring for several of the children while the others are with relatives, the network reported.

Records obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle show Allen's abuse allegations date back to late 2011.

The records identify the victim in 2011 as Allen's spouse and list her initials, I.R. Prosecutors alleged Allen used a.22 caliber revolver in some of the crimes.

Rogers was arrested the night her son was found and charged with child endangerment. That year, Ina Rogers called police to tell them she'd spent the night away from home after Allen threatened to rip her head off, police said.

He pleaded no contest to corporal injury as part of a deal with prosecutors.

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

He said he wants to tell the children he loves them.

They both worked, she said - she on the graveyard shift as an EKG technician, and Allen as a tattoo artist.

It's unclear whether any California government agencies had an opportunity to intervene in the years authorities claim the 10 children suffered "horrific" abuse inside their suburban home. "He looks like a scary individual, and that's why people are so quick to judge him", Rogers told reporters.

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