Ten homeschooled children were removed from a squalid California home, their parents charged with abuse.
In a heartbreaking story out of Fairfield, California, authorities report ten homeschooled children suffered “acts of intentional abuse that resulted in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun.”
Commenting on the case, Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, said she was “horrified” by statements made by the children while noting that torture was carried out in the house “for sadistic purposes.”
It literally breaks your heart, and you’re outraged by how a parent or anyone could commit those acts.
The father, Jonathan Allen, is currently being held on more than $5 million bail, while his wife, and the mother of the children, Ina Rogers, is currently free on bail.
USA Today reports:
Jonathan Allen, 29, on Monday pleaded not guilty to nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse. His wife, Ina Rogers, 30, was charged with child neglect last month and is free on $10,000 bail, but authorities said she could face additional charges.
Ina Rogers, the children’s mother, denies the charges, telling reporters:
I strive, I thrive on being a good parent to my children. My husband has a lot of tattoos. He looks like a scary individual, and that’s why people are so quick to judge him. But my husband is an amazing person. I am an amazing mother.
Rogers explained to the media that she homeschooled her children while working full-time as a medical technician:
Not only do I have 11 children and I’m 30 years old, but I also homeschool all of my children and people don’t agree with that lifestyle and so I’ve had many people question my right to parent and I just feel like this whole situation was exploded.
While Rogers tries to paint an innocuous picture of the children’s home life, police report a different story.Police Lt. Greg Hurlbut reports that police found the children living in squalid, filthy conditions, noting:
Officers located unsafe and unsanitary living conditions including garbage and spoiled food on the floor, animal and human feces and a large amount of debris making areas of the house unpassable.
Even more alarming, Lt. Hurlbut said:
The children described incidents of intentional abuse resulting in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot by a pellet or airsoft gun.
Peggy Allen, the mother of Jonathan Allen, said she was surprised by the charges, explaining:
We’re a Christian family and Jonathan has not been raised that way.
Note: While homeschooling can be a good fit for some children, often the parents are not qualified either by temperament or education to be homeschooling their children. Add to that the ignorance and bigotry associated with religious superstition, and one is left with a toxic brew ripe for abuse and neglect.
Earlier this year, Christian homeschoolers in California were placed under arrest after police found their 13 children emaciated and “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings” in their family home.
Bottom line: Ten homeschooled children were removed from a squalid California home, their parents charged with abuse, after authorities found that the homeschooled children suffered “acts of intentional abuse…”