Offbeat Fairfield, California parents accused of abusing 10 kids had history of domestic violence

19:01  16 may  2018
19:01  16 may  2018 Source:   sfchronicle.com

Police: Parents charged after 10 children "rescued from horrible living conditions"

  Police: Parents charged after 10 children The victims range in age from 4 months to 12 years; their father, Jonathan Allen, has been charged with felony torture and child abuseFAIRFIELD, Calif. — A California man has been arrested for what police say was "a long and continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse" of his 10 children between the ages of 4 months and 12 years old. Police in Fairfield, California say they uncovered the alleged abuse after responding to a report of a missing child March 31.

Last year alone, there were 686 documented cases of domestic violence in the city of Fairfield . Many of those cases involved the same parties with a history of domestic violence that was never When a child is exposed to the abuse of a parent , the negative impact can be serious and long lasting.

Fairfield police held a press conference regarding 10 children who were rescued after being allegedly abused by their parents . “Not one of my kids even has a cavity ” says Ina Rogers, defending herself and her husband against charges of abuse and torture. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/0IfwkU1L4C.

The Fairfield man accused of torturing his children had a history of domestic violence and a knack for isolating his family from relatives and neighbors, court records and interviews show.

Jonathan Allen, 29, was known to his neighbors as an enigmatic loner, but police records paint a picture of a man who has routinely threatened the lives of his wife and children. He was arrested Friday and booked into Solano County Jail on seven counts of torture and nine counts of child abuse or endangerment.

Allen and his wife, Ina Rogers, are accused of forcing their 10 children to live in squalor while subjecting them to “sadistic” abuse and torture over the past several years, authorities said.

Prosecutor: Children tortured "for sadistic purposes"

  Prosecutor: Children tortured A California police lieutenant says children taken from a home said they had puncture wounds, burns, bruises and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun. Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, said she was "horrified" by the statements from the children and that torture was carried out in the house "for sadistic purposes." She declined to elaborate.

As a domestic violence crime, California child abuse is subject to harsh penalties and is an offense on which local prosecutors like to "get tough." And it is all too easy for one moment of weakness in a parent or a family or domestic conflict that has nothing to do with abuse to lead to unfair or

– A California woman whose 10 children were removed from a home described as filthy by authorities denied that she or her husband had abused or neglected the kids Fairfield police arrested Allen, 29, on Friday and he faces felony charges of torture and abuse . The children are 4 months to 12 years old.

Records obtained by The Chronicle show that Allen’s alleged pattern of abuse dates to late 2011,

On Nov. 9, 2011, Ina Rogers called police and said she had spent the night away from home. Allen was apparently angry and threatened to rip her head off when she got home, according to police. He reportedly threatened to kill her five children, including two from a previous relationship.

Rogers told police that their relationship had been plagued by domestic violence for the past three years, and while talking with an officer she removed her sunglasses to reveal a black eye. She also had a fading bruise on her calf and told police both came from an incident on Oct. 31.

That day Allen reportedly took her to work and started beating her in the face and kicking her. Then he took a .22 caliber gun, forced it into her mouth and threatened to shoot, police said, and placing it against her head and forcing her to beg for her life. She told police he had been to jail for previous domestic violence incidents with previous girlfriends.

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  California mom of 10 to appear in court on abuse charges Prosecutors say they will file nine counts of felony child abuse against the California mother of 10 children who officials say suffered long-term abuse in a filthy home.Load Error

Jail Time for California Domestic Violence Offenses. Having assisted individuals facing false accusations of domestic violence for several years, I There are instances where the person who is accused of committing domestic abuse is actually the victim victim of physical and emotional abuse .

Yet, he has my kids . I wish he would have hit me instead of threatening to many times. I am a Male Victim of Domestic Violence and have been repeatedly assaulted and emotionaly abused There was a history of abuse for this young woman who had abused several other male roommates the

Allen was charged with corporal injury to a spouse, cohabitant or child’s parent, assault with a firearm, and two counts of criminal threats. All felony allegations were against a victim identified as I.R. in court records, and Allen was later ordered to have no uninvited contact with Rogers.

The charges stem from two incidents in Vallejo that occurred on Oct. 31, 2011, and Nov. 9 of that year. Solano County prosecutors accused Allen of using a .22 caliber revolver to assault and threaten the victim during the Halloween incident.

Two people from the Solano County public defenders office are seen leaving after a visit to the home of Ina Rogers on Tues. May 15, 2018 in Fairfield, Ca. Ina Rogers, 30 was booked into the Solano County Jail on child neglect charges, according to police, she has since been released. The children's father, Jonathan Allen, 29, of Fairfield, was booked into the Solano County Jail on nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse and remains in jail. © Michael Macor / The Chronicle Two people from the Solano County public defenders office are seen leaving after a visit to the home of Ina Rogers on Tues. May 15, 2018 in Fairfield, Ca. Ina Rogers, 30 was booked into the Solano County Jail on child neglect charges, according to police, she has since been released. The children's father, Jonathan Allen, 29, of Fairfield, was booked into the Solano County Jail on nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse and remains in jail. One of two people from the Solano County public defenders office are seen leaving after a visit to the home of Ina Rogers on Tues. May 15, 2018 in Fairfield, Ca. Ina Rogers, 30 was booked into the Solano County Jail on child neglect charges, according to police, she has since been released. The children's father, Jonathan Allen, 29, of Fairfield, was booked into the Solano County Jail on nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse and remains in jail. © Michael Macor / The Chronicle One of two people from the Solano County public defenders office are seen leaving after a visit to the home of Ina Rogers on Tues. May 15, 2018 in Fairfield, Ca. Ina Rogers, 30 was booked into the Solano County Jail on child neglect charges, according to police, she has since been released. The children's father, Jonathan Allen, 29, of Fairfield, was booked into the Solano County Jail on nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse and remains in jail.

The alleged crime, court records state, “was so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate and specific as to convey to I.R. a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution.”

Q&A: Calif. father accused of torture argues he's 'not a cruel dad'

  Q&A: Calif. father accused of torture argues he's 'not a cruel dad' A Fairfield father who was arrested on charges of child endangerment after his 10 children were found living in "horrible conditions" argues that he is not a cruel father and explained why his house was found in disarray. KCRA's Leticia Ordaz spoke with Jonathan Allen from a Solano County jail:HOW ARE YOU DOING?Allen: It is extraordinarily hard. At first, they took my kids and then they took my wife and now they took me. It's extraordinarily hard not to even be asked, "Do you love your kids?" It's hard.

Home > Lies in Separation > Being Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence . Sab1971 - 14-Oct-17 @ 9: 10 PM. My self and my 2 kids have been falsely accussed of me, cutting off my boyfriends daughters hair when I did not, that my 2 kids who r 12 and 9yrs bully his kid who are the same age

Dozens Killed in Gaza as US Embassy Opens in Jerusalem. Court records do not indicate whether the parents have lawyers. A Fairfield mother accused of child endangerment says her 10 kids sleep in one room because they want to.

Allen pleaded no contest to the charge of corporal injury, and prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining charges. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation, which ended in January 2015.

His mother, Peggy Allen, told The Chronicle that she was blindsided by the recent torture allegations. She described her son as an introvert who kept his extended family at bay.

“If we knew that my grandchildren were abused, we would say something,” Peggy Allen said. “I’m trying to find the facts, just like you are.”

Peggy Allen said it’s been four years since she last saw her 10 grandchildren, who were removed from their home on Fieldstone Court in Fairfield on March 31. Their mother, Rogers, called Fairfield Police that evening to report that her 12-year-old son was missing.

The boy was found later that night, sleeping under a bush in a nearby yard, and when police brought him back to the home they reportedly found floors piled with trash, spoiled food, and human and animal feces. Rogers was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of child neglect. She was released April 9 after posting $10,000 bail, according to court records.

Fairfield, California mother of 10 arrested again on abuse charges

  Fairfield, California mother of 10 arrested again on abuse charges A Fairfield mother accused of abusing her 10 children after they were found living in what police described as "horrible conditions" was arrested again Wednesday in Solano County court on additional charges. Ina Rogers, who was in court on previously filed charges, faces a total of 10 counts of child abuse and neglect. Her bail was set at $495,000.

I have no history of violence of any kind. I'm sure you think I'm kidding , but I'm not. I've exhausted my options at the state level, and would like to bring a Constitutional Challenge in Federal Court, challenging California 's Domestic Violence Prevention Act, As Applied.

Domestic - Violence Courts A number of communities in California have domestic - violence courts, in which judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and This measure required judges, for the first time, to consider any history of spousal abuse by a parent before determining custody rights for that parent .

On Tuesday, the Solano County District Attorney amended the criminal complaint against Rogers, adding nine counts of felony child abuse. She is due back in court Wednesday morning.

The children were taken to live with relatives the day investigators discovered the squalid living conditions. In follow-up interviews with investigators, the children described extreme abuse that left them with puncture wounds, burns and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun or BB gun, authorities said.

“I love my son and my grandchildren very much, and we’re going to get through this,” Peggy Allen said, adding that her son is “a very private person.”

The story of torture and abuse has drawn national attention to the parents, who had apparently lived as shut-ins, largely isolating themselves from their neighbors.

Records show two calls to police from the Fieldstone Court home last fall.

On Oct. 12, Rogers reported her Chevrolet SUV missing, which turned out to be unfounded, police said. On Nov. 16, someone called from the home to report a suspicious person.

Despite the repeated interactions with law enforcement, other residents of the quiet cul-de-sac said they knew little about the family and had no idea so many children were living in the rundown home.

Rachel Swan and Megan Cassidy are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: rswan@sfchronicle.com, mcassidy@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @rachelswan, @meganrcassidy

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