Children Were Made To Live In House Littered With Feces, Garbage

Hugh Fox
May 15, 2018

Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney of the Solano County district attorney's office has said that "I'm horrified by the statements that were given by these children".

Separately, prosecutors in Riverside County filed eight new charges against a father accused of shackling and starving some of his 13 children, alleging that he lied on government forms about their schooling.

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KRON4's Lydia Pantazes is at the house in Fairfield this morning. In some areas, debris was piled to the point of making it unable to pass through.

"That's why this is absolutely insane", Rogers said of the children's father.

Authorities described injuries to the children, including some that appeared to have been caused by someone shooting a pellet gun.

Henry expects "appropriate charges" to be added in the coming days to the case against the children's mother, Ina Rogers, 30, who now faces a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. "I've been in law enforcement since.well. more than 30 years ago", said Hurlbut.

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"It's a pretty big house", he said.

Aleida Quartman, 23, who said she works with Rogers, said she spoiled her children and the messy house was just life with children, cats, a dog and fish.

Rogers, 30, denied wrongdoing and said she was a good mother to her children.

Officers went to the home 74 kilometres northeast of San Francisco and found filthy conditions, Lt. Greg Hurlbut said.

But officers say the conditions between their first visit in March and their second on Friday had not improved, although they did conduct a search of the home.

Officers found nine more children, ranging in age from four months to eleven-years-old.

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Hurblut said he believed the children had been home-schooled, but couldn't say if authorities had been contacted in the past about their living conditions.

Rogers told the media that the reason the home was in disarray was because she tore up her house looking for her missing child. "I was afraid that I could not find him". She posted $10,000 bond on April 9 and a pre-trial conference will be held July 16.

The police Family Violence Unit, Child Welfare Services and the District Attorney's Office then launched an investigation.

Rogers said the children slept in one bedroom because they were close; cots were stored in a bedroom closet.

Police said an investigation into the family revealed a 'long and continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse of the children'.

She gave reporters a tour of her house on Monday, denying that her husband had abused the children.

The police were made aware of the terrible conditions of the household after a 12-year-old boy was brought back to the house. "So, I've had many people question my right to parent and I just feel like this whole situation was exploded".

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