Parents arrested after 10 children found in 'squalor' describe years of torture


The man, David Turpin, and his wife, Louise, 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 home in Perris, California, in January and called 911.

The investigation began on March 31 after police brought a 12-year-old who was reported missing back to the house on the 2200 block of Fieldstone Court in Fairfield, California, about 46 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Rogers said she feels the family is being judged for having so many children and choosing to home-school them.

A horrified Peggy Allen, Allen's mother, said she had talked to Rogers about the dirty condition of the home, saying it was important to keep a clean house.

The children's mother told news outlets on Monday that the situation exploded when she called police to report that her son was missing.

The 10 children were placed in protective custody by Solano County Child Welfare Services.

An investigation by Child Welfare Services, the Solano County District Attorney's Office and Fairfield Police uncovered "a long and continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse of the children", the news release stated. He was booked into the Solano County Jail on nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse. Rogers and Allen are both Fairfield, California residents.

In total, the couple has 11 children, KTVU reported (but other sources are reporting they have 10 children.) Eight of their children are biological children that they had together, KTVU reported.

Image: Ina Rogers was arrested and bailed.

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"There's no broken bones, there is no major scars, nothing", Rogers told reporters in front of her house. She said the children slept on cots in one bedroom because they were close.

The home was messy with scuffed walls and animal feces in the bathroom.

"The conditions they saw in my home was me tearing up my house because my son was missing", she said. "My children get bumped and bruised and scratched as a result of they're children however that is it". She didn't say why. Messages left with the Solano County public defender's office were not returned.

Aleida Quartman, 23, said she was a co-worker of Rogers' at a heart device monitoring company.

The kids didn't require medical consideration once they have been eliminated.

"I was afraid I could not find him", she told KGO-TV of San Francisco.

Rogers allowed KTXL to see the conditions inside her home but she claimed the mess was made by the police department when they arrested Allen.

Neighbor Larry Magnaye stated he had no thought there have been 10 youngsters dwelling in the home throughout the road.

"So objects were obviously moved while conducting that search but that was not the basis for the charges regarding the environment the children were in though", Hurlbut said. "However I do not know how one can hold it quiet when you could have 10 children".