Garbage and spoiled food were all around. Large piles of debris made areas of the house impassable. "It went beyond somebody simply not cleaning the house for the day".
And Rogers, out on bail while her husband appeared in court on 15 felony charges Monday, gave reporters an open-house tour of what she insisted was a loving if unconventional home.
Jonathan Allen and Ina Rogers face charges of torture and child abuse after police found their children injured and their home in squalid condition.
Rogers, 31, is set to be in court Wednesday morning when prosecutors will ask Judge William J. Pendergast III to amend the misdemeanor charge Rogers faces to include the new felony charges.
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. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
"I love my children with all my heart", Allen said through tears, dressed in striped jailhouse-issued clothing.
Ina Rogers said all the torture allegations "will fall away" because her children had no broken bones or major scars. "He looks like a scary individual, and that's why people are so quick to judge him", Rogers told reporters.
"Fear set in. that my son was missing", she said. "I am an fantastic mother".
Despite the gruesome charges against Allen, Rogers continues to stand by her man.
Ina Rogers appears in Solano County Superior Court
"They searched them head to toe. I am not a torturer and am not a monster". "Absolutely not. Absolutely not", Rogers told KTXL.
The messy house was just life with children, cats, a dog and fish, Quartman said.
The 10 children, ages 12 years to four months, were taken from the home in Fairfield, about 46 miles northeast of San Francisco, after the couple called police about their missing 12-year-old son. What officers saw when they returned him to his home on March 31 caused authorities to seize the children and launch a criminal investigation. Solano County Deputy District Attorney Veronica Juarez wrote in a court filing, which was obtained by the Associated Press, that the children were strangled, punched and the target of constant abuse by Allen - and the children's mother did nothing to prevent it. Rogers was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment.
Some of the children, police said, described incidents of intentional abuse dating to 2014 - puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with an airsoft or BB gun.
Based on that information, an arrest warrant was issued for the father.
The children's father, 29-year-old Jonathan Allen, pleaded not guilty to seven counts of felony torture and nine counts of felony child abuse and is being held on $5.2 million bail.
In an interview from jail with CNN affiliate KCRA , Allen insisted that his children were brainwashed into thinking they were abused. "I am not an animal", Allen said. "I have never spanked my children".
"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. "Whether their minds understand now or later, they will understand and they know, they know, they know daddy".
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