DA says kids shot with crossbows, waterboarded

Ina Rogers of Fairfield during a court appearance

Ina Rogers of Fairfield during a court appearance

The 10 children rescued from a filthy, abusive California home were strangled, punched, shot with crossbows and subjected to waterboarding by their father and their mother did nothing to stop it, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they also would file nine counts of felony child abuse against Rogers at a court hearing Wednesday.

The bathroom is strewn with feces at a home in Fairfield, Calif., Monday, May 14, 2018, where authorities removed 10 children and charged their father with torture and their mother with neglect after an investigation revealed a lengthy period of severe physical and emotional abuse.

Fairfield Police previously said they removed the 10 children from the Fairfield, California home on March 31 after responding to a report of a missing 12-year-old. What officers saw when they returned him to his home on March 31 caused authorities to seize the children and launch a criminal investigation.

Police found the children living in squalor while seeking a 12-year-old boy who had run away from home.

On Wednesday, Judge William J. Pendergast set bail at $495,000 for Rogers, saying she "may not be a danger to the public at large, but these charges make clear she is a danger to the children". Prosecutors said at a Monday press conference they were in the process of determining whether additional charges would be filed against Rogers.

This is a developing story.

Rogers told reporters that she had one prior interaction with child welfare officials when her mother "had mentioned something" that prompted a home visit.

At that point, the 10 children were taken into protective custody by Solano County Child Welfare Services, and placed in the care of relatives.

Rogers was charged on April 3 with child neglect.

Rogers went on to accuse her son-in-law, Jonathan Allen, 28, of worshiping the devil and provided NBC pictures of what she called his "devil room".

He denied the charges and remains in custody and is being held on $5.2m (£3.85m) bail.

Juarez alleges Rogers assisted in the abuse and "dissuaded the children" from reporting their injuries, which include broken arms. The kids described "incidents of intentional abuse resulting in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun or a BB gun", Hurlbut said.

The ongoing abuse, said to be committed against nine of the youths, dates back to 2014, Henry said.

Both denied wrongdoing in interviews with local media. "Ina Rogers allowed the tortuous acts to occur for several years.the acts included hot water and biting", said Solano County Chief Deputy District Attorney Sharon Henry. She was released after posting $10,000 bail.

Rogers was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment.

"I live a very spiritual life - not in the sense that I believe in like offerings and like doing torturous things to kids, and these like satanic things that they're trying to say that I do".

She said: "There's no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing".

Aleida Quartman, who told the AP that she was one of Rogers' co-workers, said she knew the mother to spoil her family - even if so many children, plus cats, a dog and fish left her house unsightly.

Rogers said her home was in disarray because of the search for her missing son. "He looks like a scary individual, and that's why people are so quick to judge him", Rogers told reporters. However, KNTV reported that she's since been charged with nine felony counts of child abuse. "The police demonized me all the way down to the names I picked for my children", Allen said.

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