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10 Children Were Removed from California Home, Parents Accused of 'Sadistic' Abuse

Ten children were removed from a home in California after they were found to be living in squalor. The parents were arrested but denied abusing the children. Over the next few weeks, interviews with the children revealed that there were many sadistic incidents of torture.

Ina Rogers, the 30-year-old mother of the children, called police to her home on March 31 when her oldest child was missing. When police arrived, they found the home was filthy, with spoiled food, feces and insects.

"Officers located unsafe and unsanitary living conditions including garbage and spoiled food on the floor, animal and human feces and a large amount of debris making areas of the house unpassable," said police Lt. Greg Hurlbut.

Rogers was arrested and released on $10,000 bail. She took to the media to raise awareness of her story because she felt she was being judged for having so many children, and for homeschooling the kids. The children were removed from the home.

None of the children required immediate medical attention, but over the next few weeks, they revealed stories about abuse to professionals. According to the children, over a period of years, they were tortured. Their father, 29-year-old Jonathan Allen, would shoot them with a pellet gun. They suffered from puncture wounds, burns and bruising.

Johnathan was arrested and pleaded not guilty to seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse. He's being held on $5.2 million bail.

Ina is shocked that Johnathan has been charged with such serious accusations, as he's not the disciplinarian of the family. She insists there was no abuse.

"There's no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing," she told reporters in a press conference in front of the family home. "My kids get bumped and bruised and scratched because they're kids but that's it."

All 10 children slept in the same bedroom on cots, which the mother says is because they were close. She says other bedrooms were converted into a playroom and a meditation room. She claims the house isn't usually as messy as it was on the day police first came, but she and the kids were tearing it apart looking for her son. The eldest child was reportedly angry because his computer had been taken away by his parents, and he was hiding or had left the premises.

According to Ina, Child Protective Services had visited the family’s home before, but she wouldn’t say why. The mom feels she and her husband are being targeted because of their choices to have a big family and to home educate them. She says that she and Johnathan both came from broken homes, and had wanted a big family together.

Johnathan's mother, Peggy Allen, says she was estranged from her son and his family. She says she tried to talk to Ina before about the condition of the home and about keeping it cleaner, but the couple dismissed her. She says her son had 'not been raised that way'.

Neighbors were shocked that there were 10 children living there. He never saw them outside in the yard, nor has he heard them playing in the backyard.

"It's a pretty big house," Larry Magnaye told reporters. "But I don't know how you can keep it quiet when you have 10 kids. I can't keep it quiet with one, two you know?"

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Fox, ABC 7, SRN News, WSMV

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