Bail for a California mother of 10 children who officials say suffered long-term abuse was set at almost $500,000 after the judge said she remains a danger to the kids. They found the child asleep under a bush in a nearby residence and returned the child to the home, where they conducted a search due to concerns about the children's safety, police said.
Police responded to the area and, as part of the investigation, searched his home.
All 10 children were taken into protective custody. He has pleaded not guilty and remains in Solano County Jail on $5.2 million bail.
It's unclear whether any California government agencies had an opportunity to intervene in the years authorities claim the 10 children suffered "horrific" abuse inside their suburban home. There was also spoiled food on the floor and feces-both animal and human-throughout the house, making some areas impassable. When she was later asked why all 10 children slept in a single room while the other bedrooms were used as the parents' quarters, a "meditation room" and a playroom, Rogers replied that the children liked it that way.
Her husband Jonathan Allen was arrested on Friday and booked on 9 counts of felony torture and 6 counts of felony youngster abuse.
Solano County prosecutors joined in a press conference a day earlier, saying Rogers was still under investigation after the arrest of Jonathan M. Allen, 29, of Fairfield. He appeared in court Monday, where he pleaded not guilty.
Rogers was arrested and booked that day into the Solano County Jail on one count of child endangerment, according to prosecutor Sharon Henry of the Solano County district attorney's office.
Rogers said she works as an EKG technician at a heart monitoring company and her husband is a tattoo artist.
While police claimed some of the abuse was carried out for a "sadistic" objective, they have declined to reveal what that abuse entailed.
"Based upon what the children stated in their interviews, we believe torture occurred in this house", Henry said at a news conference.
California law requires children to be enrolled in public school unless they meet specific exemptions, such as documented attendance at a private school.
Rogers could not be reached Monday evening for comments.
The Solano County alternate public defender's office has just been appointed to Allen's case, Roberto Najera said. The mother was released after posting a $10,000 bail. The children have since moved in with family members. Allen is the father to the children, who range in age from a few months to 12 years old.
She told ABC: "I strive, I thrive on being a good parent to my children".
Rogers said she previously enrolled her two oldest children in school but made a decision to teach them herself because she didn't think they were getting enough attention.
"The truth is that it is a functioning household", he said.
Reporters noted that during the tour, however, the house was still filthy, with scuffed walls and animal feces in the bathroom, according to the AP.
One of the rooms in Allen and Rogers' California home.
He said Rogers approached him at the end of March about her missing son as Magney was coming home from church.
"He said 'when the voices stop, I'll stop hitting you, '" she said. She has been charged with neglect and could face additional charges. She said that they had a baby when they first moved in and another baby late past year.
Rogers told reporters after Allen's arraignment that much of the debris in the home was caused by police searching the home after they checked there after returning their oldest child, a 12-year-old boy, who had gone missing briefly back on March 31. "There's no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing". "My kids get bumped and bruised and scratched because they're kids but that's it".