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Prosecutors: Children waterboarded, burned with scalding-hot water at at home in Fairfield

Posted: 2:09 PM, May 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-16 21:21:51Z

FAIRFIELD, Calif. -- The parents of 10 children rescued from what authorities call years-long abuse are both in jail after their mother was arrested Wednesday.

Ina Rogers, 31, was charged with nine counts of felony child abuse. Prosecutors say she caused the children to be in a situation that was likely to produce great bodily injury and death.

Her husband, Jonathan Allen, is facing charges that include torture and felony child abuse. He is being held on $5.2 million bail.

Prosecutors said the children, who range in age from 4 months to 12 years, were waterboarded, shot with crossbows and had scalding-hot water poured on them.

Sheriff’s officials and prosecutors say the children were rescued from the filthy home on March 31 after suffering puncture wounds, burns, bruises and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun.

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Solano County chief deputy district attorney Sharon Henry said the children were tortured “for sadistic purposes.”

Court records show that Allen was also charged with four felonies in 2011 that include corporal injury, assault with a firearm and criminal threats in a case involving his wife.

He pleaded no contest as part of a deal and was sentenced to 180 days and three years of probation.