10 Children Living Amid **** Were Tortured For 'Sadistic Purpose,' Police Say

NPR.org | 5/15/2018 | Sasha Ingber
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Jonathan Allen and his wife, Ina Rogers, allegedly kept their 10 children in a squalid California home. Police charged Allen with torture and Rogers with neglect.

Behind closed doors, 10 children were living in a California home strewn with **** and rotten food. They were also physically abused for a "sadistic purpose," said Solano County Chief Deputy District Attorney Sharon Henry.

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That conclusion was drawn after police received a report that the oldest child had gone missing. Officers arrived at the house on March 31 and found nine children — ranging in age from 4 months to 11 years — living in squalor.

According to Fairfield Police Lt. Greg Hurlbut, there was "garbage and spoiled food on the floor, animal and human **** and a large amount of debris making areas of the house unpassable."

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The missing 12-year-old was found sleeping under a bush nearby, but officers decided to contact the Solano County Child Welfare Office which removed the children from the house. They were placed in the custody of relatives.

Then Child Welfare Services, the Fairfield Police Department's Family Violence Unit and the Solano County District Attorney's Office launched an investigation. They uncovered "a long and continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse," the police said in a written statement.

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Conversations with eight of the children revealed cruelty and brutality. The kids described "incidents of intentional abuse resulting in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun or a BB gun," Hurlbut said.

Police arrested their father, 29-year-old Jonathan Allen, on Friday. Neighbors of the quiet cul-de-sac told NBC Bay Area that police had their guns drawn during his arrest.


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