Ten children rescued from a California home had allegedly been waterboarded, shot at with crossbows and strangled by their parents, authorities say.

“Waterboarding” is a way of simulating drowning, by pouring liquid over a gagged person’s mouth.

In a court filing, prosecutors recommended that bail for the mother be raised to $495,000 because she remains a danger to her children.

Police arrested Ina Rogers and Jonathan Allen in March after responding to reports of a missing child.

The pair now face numerous charges of child abuse dating back several years.

According to BBC News, the motion, filed yesterday, says the children were “punched, strangled, bitten, shot with weapons such as crossbows and [pellet] guns, hit with weapons such as sticks and bats, subjected to ‘waterboarding’ and [had] scalding water poured on them”.

Prosecutors also said the children had suffered broken limbs and “varying forms of scars”.

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