Two people were arrested after Fairfield Police Department say ten kids were rescued from horrible living conditions.
According to the Fairfield Police Department, officers returned a missing 12-year-old boy to a home on Fieldstone Court on March 31. The officers investigated inside the house, citing health and safety concerns.
Detectives say, nine other kids, ranging in age from 4 months to 11 years old, were inside the house in horrible living conditions, police officers described as “unsafe” and “squalor.” FOX40 News reported.
“And we love you so much,” said the kid’s mother, 30-year-old Ina Rogers. “I can’t talk to you right now but babies, if you see this, your mommy loves you. Every day I am working for you, Okay?”
Ina Rogers is now out of jail on bail and sent the message to her 11 children, who have been taken away from her and her husband, Jonathan Allen.
“Garbage and spoiled food on the floor. Animal and human feces and a large amount of debris making areas of the house unpassable,” said Police Lt. Greg Hurlbut.
Rogers claims that mess came from her tearing the house apart to look for her son. At that point, Rogers children were taken by child protective services, and she was arrested for neglect and abuse.
During the following six weeks, detectives say the children started to open up about how Allen was treating them. The allegations against the two parents, based on statements the kids made to other relatives now caring for them and to detectives, go back to 2014.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Sharon Henry says there were “incidents of torture” uncovered when officials began speaking to the kids.
“The children 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,” Lt. Hurlbut said.
Police officers arrested Allen, charging him with 9 counts of felony torture and 6 counts of child abuse. He is being held on $5.25 million bails.
“That’s why this is crazy,” Rogers said. “He was the nice guy. He was the one playing video games with them when I’m telling them, ‘We need to clean up and do chores.'”
The children were homeschooled, and all slept in the same room. Neighbors say they rarely, if ever, saw them outside.
“No, not at all and our house butts up from that court area, and I think we would have heard them. We would have seen them,” said neighbor Debra Garren.
Rogers allowed FOX40 News to see the conditions inside her house, but she claimed the mess was made by the police when they arrested Allen.
“They tore up everything, and I haven’t had time to clean it because I’ve been back and forth to work. I work graveyard, so,” Rogers said.
But police officers say the horrible living conditions between their first visit in March and their second visit had not improved.
“So objects were obviously, probably moved while conducting that search but that was not the basis for the charges regarding the environment the children were in though,” Hurlbut said.