'I am not an animal' - Parents of 10 children alleged to have suffered 'horrific' abuse in squalid home deny all charges

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It's unclear whether any California government agencies had an opportunity to intervene in the years authorities claim 10 children suffered "horrific" abuse inside their suburban home.

Ina Rogers said she feels she's being judged for having so many children and choosing to home-school them.
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Their mother told reporters that social services interviewed the kids three years ago but nothing came of the visit.

Ina Rogers, 31, told reporters that she had one prior interaction with child welfare officials when her mother "had mentioned something" that prompted a home visit. Officials took pictures of the children and interviewed them individually, she said.

"Nothing was founded, my kids were placed back with me," she said.

Solano County's Child Welfare Services department officials did not immediately respond today, to  a request for details about the visit, or information about other interactions they may have had with members of the household.

Toys and other items are strewn around one of the rooms of a home where authorities removed 10 children and arrested their parents in Fairfield, Calif. Authorities removed the children living at the home on March 31 and placed them in protective custody after one of them ran away.

Toys and other items are strewn around one of the rooms of a home where authorities removed 10 children and arrested their parents.

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Sheriff's and prosecutors say the children were rescued from a filthy house in March and had suffered puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun. Sharon Henry, the county's chief deputy district attorney, said they were tortured "for sadistic purposes."

Their father, Jonathan Allen, 29, was arrested Saturday and is in Solano County Jail on seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse. He has pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $NZ 7 million.

Allen denied the allegations in an interview with KCRA-TV on Tuesday, declaring "I am not an animal."

Toys and other items are strewn around one of the bedrooms of a home in Fairfield, California 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.

Toys and other items are strewn around one of the bedrooms of a home in Fairfield, California.

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"The truth is that it is a functioning household," he said. "Everyone helped everyone. It was a complete circle - the older ones helped the little ones."

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

The home of Ina Rogers and her husband, Jonathan Allen, is seen Monday, May 14, 2018, in Fairfield, Calif. Authorities removed the 10 children living at the home on March 31 and placed them in protective custody after one of them ran away. Ina Rogers faces charges of child neglect and her husband Jonathan Allen has been charged with torture and child abuse. Ina Rogers denied the children were mistreated. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

The home of Ina Rogers and her husband, Jonathan Allen.

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Questions remain as to how the children and the alleged abuse went undetected for years until March 31, when police responding to a missing juvenile report entered the house in suburban Fairfield, California, about 74 kilometres northeast of San Francisco.

They found a home filled with rotted food and human and animal waste, said Fairfield Lt. Greg Hurlbut. Police removed the children, ages 4 months to 12 years, and arrested Rogers on suspicion of neglect. She was released after posting $US10,000 bail.

This booking mug released Monday, May 14, 2018, by the Solano County Sheriff's Office shows Jonathan Allen. Police said Monday they had removed 10 children from a squalid California home and charged their father with torture and their mother with neglect after an investigation revealed a lengthy period of severe physical and emotional abuse. The children range from 4 months to 12 years old, said Fairfield police Lt. Greg Hurlbut. The father, Jonathan Allen, 29, faces felony charges of torture and child abuse and the 30-year-old mother Ina Rogers faces child neglect charges. She was arrested March 31 and released after posting $10,000 bail. (Solano County Sheriff's Office via AP)

This booking mug released Monday, May 14, 2018, by the Solano County Sheriff's Office shows Jonathan Allen.

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Stories about the alleged abuse came out gradually in interviews with the children over the past six weeks and eight of the children told professionals about incidents dating back several years, authorities said.

Rogers says she home-schooled the children, but the Fairfield home was not registered as a private school and neither were three prior addresses in Fairfield and Vallejo, according to the California Department of Education.

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