Ina Rogers, 30, and Jonathan Allen, 29, were arrested after 10 of their 11 children were discovered to be living in squalor and unsafe conditions in Fairfield, California, WDTN reported. The discovery happened after police responded to reports of a missing 12-year-old child on March 31. When police found and returned their son, they searched the home on the 2200 block of Fieldstone Ct. and discovered that nine children were living in squalor and unsafe conditions. Later revelations unveiled conditions far worse than “unsafe.” Fairfield is 46 miles northeast of San Francisco.
Here is what we know so far about Ina Rogers and Jonathan Allen. This is a developing story.
1. Ten Children, Ages 4 Months to 12 Years, Were Found Living in Squalor, with Evidence of Wateboarding and Torture
All 10 children, ranging in age from 4 months to 12 years, were taken into protective custody by the Solano County Child Welfare Services once the condition of the home was discovered. Police said an investigation revealed a long, continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse, WDTN reported. At first, they didn’t go into more detail than that. But court documents filed on Wednesday revealed that the children had been punched, kicked, strangled, shot with a BB gun, and wateboarded, Time reported. The details were in a motion to increase Ina Rogers’ bail. The bail request read, in part: “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…”
The children were dissuaded from reporting their injuries, including broken arms. They were skittish and had speech impediments, court documents showed.
In total, Rogers has 11 children, KTVU reported. Eight of the 10 children who were removed from the home are biological children that Rogers and Allen had together. Rogers also has three older children from a previous relationship. Her oldest child, who is 14, does not live in the home and was not placed into the custody of Child Welfare Services.
Rogers said she homeschools all her children. She told KTVU: “I am 30-years-old and I have 11 children and also homeschool all of my children and people don’t agree with that lifestyle. And so I’ve had many people question my right to parent and I feel this whole situation has exploded.”
2. The Children Were Found Living Among Feces & Spoiled Food, And the Children Talked About Burns, Bruising, & Being Shot with a BB Gun
The video above shows some of the conditions of the home where the 10 children were living with Ina Rogers and Jonathan Allen. The video shows a bathroom floor covered in feces from animals and humans. Some areas of the home were inaccessible because of the amount of debris, KTVU reported.
During interviews with police, some of the children talked about incidents of intentional abuse, police said. They talked about puncture wounds, burns, bruising, and injuries from being shot with a BB or pellet gun.
Lt. Greg Hurlbut with the Fairfield Police Department said that he had never had a chase of charging someone with torturing their own children in his entire 30 year career, until now. According to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, the crimes were sadistic with the intent to cause cruel and extreme pain and suffering, KTVU reported.
The children have been placed in the custody of Ina Rogers’ sister and mother.
3. Rogers Was Charged with Child Neglect & Allen Was Charged With Felony Torture & Abuse
Ina Rogers was arrested and charged with child neglect. Allen was arrested on Friday, May 11 and charged with seven counts of felony torture and nine counts of felony child abuse, KTVU reported. Rogers and Allen are both Fairfield, California residents. Police said that more charges might be filed against Allen.
The police took the children into protective custody. Rogers was released after posting $10,000 bail. According to early arrest records, Jonathan Michael Allen was being held on $1.5 million bail, but that was later increased to $5.2 million. A Fairfield press release described the children as being “rescued from horrible living conditions.”
Allen was arrested after police conducted interviews with the children, WTOL reported. He is due in court again on May 24. In 2011, Allen had been charged with four felonies, including assault with a firearm, criminal threats involving his wife, and corporal injury, Time reported. He used a revolver in some of those crimes, prosecutors said. As part of a deal, he pleaded no contest to corporal injury and was sentenced to 180 days and three years probation. The other charges were dropped.
4. Ina Rogers Denies the Allegations & Said the ‘Squalor’ Was From Tearing Her House Apart While Looking for Her Missing Child
Ina Rogers has said that all the allegations against her and her husband are not true. She said that she was the one who called authorities about her missing 12-year-old son, The Washington Post reported. She said the squalor was from her tearing their house apart trying to find her child. “I was afraid I could not find him,” she said. “Once that fear sets in you don’t know what to do… I tore up my house, I lifted up beds, I ripped things out of the closet, I completely tore up everything to make sure that he really wasn’t here.”
Arrest records show the couple’s home is a modest four-bedroom, four-bath home, worth nearly an estimated $600,000. Just to rent a home in this neighborhood, you would have to provide proof of income that is twice the rent. Public records show that Rogers previously lived in Vallejo, Seaside, and Hayward, California.
Ina Rogers is insisting all the charges are completely ludicrous. “Not one of my kids even has a cavity,” she told reporters a few hours after Jonathan Allen was arrested. She also said that Allen is an amazing dad.
“My husband is amazing person. I am amazing mother,” she told ABC 7.
“This is absolutely appalling to me,” she told KTVU. “I strive and I pride myself on being a good parent to my children. My husband has a lot of tattoos. He looks like a scary individual and that’s why people are so quick to judge him… I am not going to allow this to break us and I am not going to stop fighting.”
5. Ina Rogers’ Friends Started a GoFundMe for the Family Because They Do Not Believe the Allegations
Some of Ina Rogers’ friends are so convinced that the couple is not hurting their children that they are speaking out publicly about their beliefs. Aleida Quartermain started a GoFundMe seeking to help the family. She wrote on the GoFundMe’s page:
On the morning of April 1st, her husband, J, left home to go pick up R from the bus stop after her shift at work. We work night shift so it was early morning when they returned home and woke their kids up. They realized that one of their sons was missing and he had apperently run away (things he took: blanket, pillow, a pack of hotdogs from the fridge and some toys). They, along with their other kids, tore apart the house looking for him or anything that could be some kind of clue.By this time the police had arrived.
The police took a look at the messy house and declared it was “child endangerment” to be raising kids in such a messy house, arrested R for “child abuse”, and then took her to the police station. Because her husband, J, was out driving looking for their runaway son, the rest of her kids were sent to different foster homes at the time.
(At this point I would just like to say that their son was found several days later, safe and sound. And a week later, R’s kids were sent to her mother’s house where they still currently are)
Being bailed out of jail set her back $22,000, on top of her missing a week or work, because she was in jail. To make matters worse, when she got out of jail she had to get emergency surgery because of gallbladder inflammation. I don’t know how much that costs, but she did miss another week of work (which means another week of no pay).
Update: Due to recent developments, she now desperatly needs a lawyer and has no money to do so. I don’t want to get into specfics, so I’ll leave it vague; things have gotten worse and her kids are in trouble. They are not in immediate danger, but they do neep help. All money is now being put towards a lawyer to help with this situation.
Although she did not publicly share the family’s identity at the time, other friends have since publicly shared this story on Facebook, revealing this was about Ina Rogers and Jonathan Allen.
On Facebook, under the post about their arrest by the Fairfield Police Department, Merina Rundall posted emphatically that she believes Ina Rogers and then shared her same thoughts publicly on her Facebook page. Runall also shared the family’s GoFundMe on her page. Here is what Rundall wrote:
This is a developing story.