10 Children Rescued From “Horrible Living Conditions” Had Puncture Wounds And Burns
She described herself as a hard-working mother who homeschools the children while working as a medical technician full-time, ABC 13 reported.
Of the 10 children who had been living in the home, Roberts said that eight were fathered by Allen, and the other two were hers from previous relationships. Rogers told reporters that she also has another child, a 14-year-old, who does not currently live with her.
“Why would I ever have a house full of children who were abused or allow them to be abused?” she asked the media Monday. “Anybody who knows me personally knows…this is out of my character…all these allegations are ludicrous…”
However, neighbors say they were shocked to learn there were children living in the normal-looking suburban home in a “really nice and friendly” Northern California neighborhood.
“We were all shocked to learn there were kids living there,” Linda Henick, who lives across the street, told BuzzFeed News Tuesday morning. “Once in awhile you would see the parents go from their car inside but that’s it. Never any children coming in our out or playing.”
According to Hurlbut, the family moved around frequently—at least twice in the past two years.
“It seems like they just rent a house, trash it, and move every year,” he said. “Part of our investigation will be tracking down all previous locations and speaking with neighbors there.”
The family had moved in less than a year ago and kept to themselves, she said, a contrast to the rest of the neighborhood because “we know all our neighbors and watch out for each other.”
Some of their other Fairfield neighbors, like Larry Magney, told SF Gate that he didn’t know children were in the house until Rogers asked to check his backyard for her missing son. Tonya Roth told the site she thought they had three children and sometimes heard “kids playing in the backyard late at night. But that was the only time.”
“I always wondered how could people know that something like that was going on but we truly never even knew the kids were there,” Henick sighed. “We’ve all been texting about it and no one knew. It’s terrible.”
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