Mom of 10 tortured kids in custody, bail almost $500,000
FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Bail for a California mother of 10 children who officials say suffered long-term abuse was set at nearly $500,000 after the judge said she remains a danger to the kids.
Prosecutors charged Ina Rogers, 31, today in Solano Superior Court with nine counts of felony child abuse, saying she caused the children to be in a situation likely to produce great bodily injury and death.
Her husband, Jonathan Allen, faces multiple charges of torture and felony child abuse. He has pleaded not guilty and remains in Solano County Jail on $5.2 million bail.
Rogers did not enter a plea and she did not make a statement.
"Instead of taking care of them she has abused them, if not assisting her husband in torture," said Veronica Juarez, Solano County's deputy district attorney.
Judge William J. Pendergast agreed with the deputy district attorney's request to set bail at $495,000, saying that "she may not be a danger to the public at large, but these charges make clear she is a danger to the children."
Rogers was taken into custody after the hearing. Her court-appointed attorney, Barry Newman, declined comment.
Rogers and Allen have said the allegations are false.