Parents accused of torturing, waterboarding 10 young children in filthy home claim innocence as trial nears

A trial has been scheduled in the prosecution of two California parents accused of torturing, waterboarding, molesting and endangering their children, the Mercury News reports.

Authorities allege that Jonathan Allen and Ina Rogers, both 30 years old, physically abused their 10 kids in horrific ways that left unspeakable scars.

Allen is accused of waterboarding, burning, choking and malnourishing the children. He also allegedly shot some with a crossbow and engaged in lewd acts on a child younger than 14 years old.

The more than 10 charges date back to 2014.

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Rogers is charged with willful child endangerment because prosecutors allege that she failed to protect the children and did not alert police or medical providers about the abuse.

On Friday, the parents were in Solano County Superior Court for hearings related to the case. A judge ordered a jury trial for early February 2020. Both Allen and Rogers have pleaded not guilty.

The abuse was discovered last March, when one of the couple’s children, a 12-year-old boy who is developmentally delayed, disappeared.

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Police investigating the boy’s disappearance searched the family home and found filthy conditions, “including garbage and spoiled food on the floor, animal and human feces, and a large amount of debris making areas of the house unpassable,” public records show.

Authorities found the other nine children inside the residence who ranged in age from 4 months to 11 years old. The missing boy was eventually located nearby sleeping under a bush.

Allen faces up to life in prison and remains in jail on $5.2 million bail. Rogers faces more than a decade behind bars and also is still in jail on $495,000 bail.

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[Feature Photo: Jonathan Allen, Ina Rogers/Solano County Sheriff’s Office]