05.15.2018

Prosecutor says children in squalid California home were tortured 'for sadistic purposes'

Prosecutor says children in squalid California home were tortured 'for sadistic purposes' Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP

Children removed from a squalid California home described acts of intentional abuse that resulted in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun, authorities said Monday.

Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney for Solano County, said she was “horrified” by the statements from the children.

She said at a news conference that “torture occurred in this house” and it was carried out “for sadistic purposes.” She declined to elaborate.

“It literally breaks your heart, and you’re outraged by how a parent or anyone could commit those acts,” Henry said afterward.

Jonathan Allen, 28, the father of the children, has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse. He is being held on $5.2 million bail.

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