Father of 10 children removed from California home speaks for the first time

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(WILX) -- The father of the 10 children removed from their California home is speaking out for the first time..

Jonathan Allen told a reporter, while in jail, that he not only loves his children, but he wants police to know that he's not an animal.

Allen was arrested last week on child endangerment and torture charges.His wife, Ina Rogers, was also arrested but was able to leave the jail after she posted bond.

Their children were removed from their home in march

Allen blames his wife's mother for the situation and arrest because he says she is money hungry and wants custody of his children.

The children range in age from four months to 11 years.

Investigators say they did not require medical attention when they were removed

The stories of abuse came out gradually over the past six weeks.