Fairfield mother calls child abuse accusations 'ludicrous'

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The officers found the boy and returned him to the family home, where they said they found nine other children living in "squalor and unsafe conditions".

Rogers defended herself and her husband during an interview with reporters Monday, denying police reports of abuse or neglect. Responding officers found spoiled food, as well as animal and human feces on the floor.

David and Louise Turpin previously pleaded not guilty to torture, child abuse and other charges in a case that has drawn worldwide attention since the couple's 17-year-old daughter escaped the family's Perris, California, home in January. "I've been in law enforcement since.well. more than 30 years ago", said Hurlbut.

Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, said she was "horrified" by their statements, saying the torture was "for sadistic purposes".

Henry later said the District Attorney's Office is in the process of determining whether additional charges will be filed against Rogers and that the decision will be made within the next few days.

The matter unfolded March 31 when the oldest child, a 12-year-old boy described as developmentally delayed with the capacity of an 8-year-old, disappeared from his house in the 2000 block of Fieldstone Court.

She said: "There's no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing".

The investigation began after police responded on March 31 to a report of a missing 12-year-old. Officers said the children were living in squalor and unsafe conditions. Once that fear sets in, you don't know what to do'. "So I ripped up my whole house. tore everything out of the closet, lifted up the beds".

Rogers told reporters that she had called police in March after her son didn't come home, and that she was surprised her husband was facing such serious allegations, according to the AP. The 10 children were taken into custody by Solano County Child Welfare Services.

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

Arrested was Jonathan Allen, a 29-year-old Fairfield resident.

"Not only do I have 11 children and I'm 30 years old, but I also home-school all of my children, and people don't agree with that lifestyle". The Fairfield Police Department is holding a news conference in front of the police station at 3 p.m.

Jonathan Allen, 29, was arrested Friday, the Washington Post reported.

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 has 3 older children from a previous relationship.

"This is absolutely appalling", Rogers said. I strive and I pride myself 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". My husband is an incredible person and I am an wonderful mother.

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