10 children living in 'squalid and unsafe conditions' removed from California home

Posted at 4:10 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 19:26:58-04

FAIRFIELD, Calif. -- A woman whose 10 children were removed from a home authorities described as filthy denied Monday that she or her husband abused or neglected the children.

Ina Rogers, 30, told reporters Monday that all the children slept in one bedroom together because they wanted to.

Rogers also said he feels as though she’s being judged for having so many children and choosing to home-school them.

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She added that she’s surprised at the accusations against her husband, Jonathan Allen, because he wasn’t the disciplinarian of the family. Police in Fairfield arrested Allen, 29, on charges that include torture and abuse.

"There's no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing," Rogers said Monday. "My kids get bumped and bruised and scratched because they're kids but that's it."

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The children were removed from the home on March 31 after Rogers reported that her oldest child was missing.

She said he ran away after she took away his tablet and computer. Upon returning the child, Fairfield police Lt. Greg Hurlbut said he found the nine other children living in "squalid and unsafe conditions."

Rogers was arrested and later released after posting bail. Allen was also arrested after specialists conducted interviews with the children. He is being held on $1.5 million bail.

The home was described by reporters as messy with scuffed walls and animal feces in the bathroom. The children slept on cots in the bedroom because they were close, Rogers said.

Child protection officials made one prior visit to the home, Rogers said. Aleida Quartman, 23, said she was a co-worker at a heart device monitoring company.

Quartman said Rogers’ messy house was just life with children, cats, a dog and a fish. "She told me she's never lived alone and now that her kids are gone and her husband is gone, she's just a mess," Quartman said.

Allen’s mother said she spoke to Rogers about the dirty condition of the home, saying it was important to keep a clean home.