This is an absolutely heartbreaking story. Police in Fairfield, California made a disturbing discovery after returning a missing child to their home on March 31. The 12-year-old had been reported missing and was located by police. When they took the juvenile home, they found nine other children living “in squalor and unsafe conditions” in the home. The children ranged in age from 4 months to 11 years old.

Ina Rogers, 30, and Jonathan Allen, 29, are the parents of the missing child and the other nine children rescued from the home. They were arrested and charged with various counts, including child abuse and torture.

When police entered the home, they found the other children living in deplorable conditions. There was garbage, spoiled food, and feces on the floor. All ten kids were removed from the home, and further investigation revealed even more awful details.

Police say the children were beaten, tortured, and abused by their parents.

According to authorities, interviews with the kids revealed horrifying evidence of abuse. All 10 children were home-schooled, and rarely seen outside the home. Some of the kids described abuse dating back to 2014. They had puncture wounds, burns, bruises, and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun. All 10 of the kids slept on cots in one room, while the other rooms of the house were used as the parents’ living space, a meditation room, and a playroom. When police rescued the kids, they found trash and animal and human feces covered the floor. Large heaps of garbage blocked of certain sections of the home.

Rogers was arrested and charged with child neglect on March 31, and released on bail on April 9. Allen has been charged with nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse. He’s being held in lieu of $5 million bail.

Rogers is the mother of all 10 children in the home. Allen is the father of eight of the kids. Rogers was present when Allen was charged with the very serious crimes he’s accused of, and denied any abuse or mistreatment of their kids. She says the house was in that condition because they tore it apart looking for the missing child. According to Rogers, the kids all slept in one room because they like it that way. Following Allen’s court appearance, Rogers said, “My kids get bumped and bruised and scratched because they’re kids, but that’s it. There’s no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing.” She also told reporters that people are quick to judge Allen, because he has “a lot of tattoos”.

The children are currently in the care of other family members. It’s unclear if either Rogers or Allen have legal representation. This case calls to mind the heartbreaking story of the Turpin kids, who are all apparently recovering after being removed from the house of horrors they were kept in by their parents. My heart goes out to all of these sweet babies, what a terrible ordeal to endure.

(Image: Solano County Sheriff’s Office)