Au­thor­i­ties: Cal­i­for­nian cou­ple wa­ter­boarded kids

The Star Malaysia - - World -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Ten chil­dren found liv­ing in squalid con­di­tions in a Cal­i­for­nia home were wa­ter­boarded, shot at with cross­bows and had scald­ing wa­ter poured over them by their mother and her part­ner, au­thor­i­ties said.

The abuse was de­tailed in a mo­tion filed by prose­cu­tors to in­crease the bail of the chil­dren’s mother, 30-year-old Ina Rogers, who was or­dered taken into cus­tody and whose bail was set at US$495,000 (RM1.96mil).

“On a con­tin­u­ous ba­sis the chil­dren were get­ting punched, stran­gled, bit­ten, shot with weapons such as cross­bows and bb guns, hit with weapons such as sticks and bats, sub­jected to ‘wa­ter­board­ing’ and hav­ing scald­ing wa­ter poured on them,” ac­cord­ing to the mo­tion filed by prose­cu­tors.

“Due to the con­tin­u­ous abuse, the chil­dren have vary­ing forms of scars, in­clud­ing bro­ken arms.”

Rogers and her hus­band Jonathan Allen, 29, were ar­rested on March 31 at their home in the town of Fair­field, north of San Fran­cisco, af­ter po­lice re­sponded to a call about a miss­ing child.

Prose­cu­tors said of­fi­cers en­tered the house and found the 10 chil­dren hud­dled to­gether on the liv­ing room floor.

They said the house was filthy, with clothes, garbage and fae­ces scat­tered ev­ery­where.

The chil­dren were taken into cus­tody and it was only dur­ing the sub­se­quent probe that the sadis­tic abuse came to light, au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day.

“Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the chil­dren thor­oughly de­scribed the in­ci­dents of abuse,” ac­cord­ing to the mo­tion filed by prose­cu­tors.

It said that Rogers was aware of the in­ci­dents, which date back sev­eral years, “and as­sisted with the abuse her­self ”.

Rogers was ar­rested and ini­tially charged with one count of mis­de­meanour child abuse. She now faces nine counts of felony child abuse.

Allen, who is also in cus­tody, faces seven counts of tor­ture and nine counts of abuse.

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

The case bears sim­i­lar­i­ties to an­other un­cov­ered in Cal­i­for­nia ear­lier this year.

In that case, 13 sib­lings were res­cued from a home where their par­ents, Louise and David Turpin, al­legedly held them cap­tive and tor­tured them. — AFP


In cus­tody: Rogers (left) and Allen have been re­manded on felony charges of child abuse by Cal­i­for­nia po­lice.

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