A Solano County Superior Court judge has rescheduled, yet again, sentencing for a 31-year-old Fairfield woman charged in connection with a notorious child torture case that came to light more than two years ago.
Ina Rogers, who pleaded no contest to 10 counts of willful child endangerment during a brief court appearance nearly a year ago, was scheduled to face sentencing on Monday, but, due to the coronavirus pandemic and reduced court operations, Judge William J. Pendergast ordered her to return to Department 11 at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 17.
This photo combo of booking mugs provided by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office in Fairfield, Calif., shows Jonathan Allen and his wife, Ina Rogers. Police said Monday, May 14, 2018, they had removed 10 children from a squalid California home and charged their father, Allen, with torture and their mother, Rogers, with neglect after an investigation revealed a lengthy period of severe physical and emotional abuse. (Solano County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
Court records indicate that she and her criminal defense attorney, Barry K. Newman, did not strike a plea deal with the Solano County District Attorney.
A single felony charge of willful child endangerment in California can be punished by two to six years in state prison. Rogers remains in Solano County Jail, with bail set at $495,000.
Her charges stemmed from the fact that she did not call 911 or law enforcement about her husband’s alleged continued acts of torture and lewd acts on a child in their Fairfield home. Her actions, prosecutors contend, indicate that she did not protect her own children from the criminal behavior of Jonathan Allen, also 31.
The alleged crimes surfaced in March 2018, when one of the couple’s sons, 12 at the time and said to have the mental capacity of an 8-year-old, disappeared from his Fieldstone Court residence.
Police searched the home as part of the investigation and found what they described as squalid, unsafe, and unsanitary living conditions, “including garbage and spoiled food on the floor, animal and human feces, and a large amount of debris making areas of the house unpassable.”
Nine more children, ranging in age from 4 months to 11 years old at the time, were found inside. The missing boy, asleep under a nearby bush, was located soon afterward.
Rogers was arrested on April 3, 2018, and Allen on May 10, 2018, with the couple’s story and the charges making national headlines.
Allen is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Friday for a readiness conference and a trial setting, also in Department 11, in the Justice Center in Fairfield.
Some of the charges against Allen date back to 2014.
He originally had been scheduled for a jury trial in early May, but court records indicate that Pendergast ordered him to return at that time for a trial readiness conference, a trial setting, and further proceedings. Thomas A. Barrett, who heads the Alternate Public Defender’s Office, represents Allen.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment