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|Palmdale Woman Accused of Abusing Adopted Children|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 24 January 2013 06:51|
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a Palmdale woman accused of abusing her two adopted children. Ingrid Brewer, 50, was booked Jan.16 in the Sheriff's Palmdale Station on two c two counts each of child abuse, torture, assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury. She remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail.
Brewer, who has pled not guilty, is scheduled for preliminary hearing on Jan. 31 in the Lancaster courthouse, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Brian Hudson said the children, whose identities, gender and ages were not identified, are in the custody of Child Protective Services.
According to Hudson, Brewer reported the two children as missing on Jan.15.
"The suspect returned home from work, discovered the children missing, and filed a missing person's report with Palmdale Station," Hudson said. "Deputies at the station began a search for juveniles, and found them on Jan 16 a couple of blocks away from where they reported missing." According to investigators, deputies eventually located both of them lying near a parked vehicle on a street near their residence.
Deputy Mark Pope told City News Service, "Both victims were hiding under a blanket. Neither child had any type of winter clothing on, despite temperatures in the mid-20s." He said the children "told deputies that they had run away from home because they were tired of being tied up and beaten by the suspect. The children disclosed that when the suspect would leave for work each day, she would lock each of them inside their bedrooms, separate from each other. "The children were forced to use waste baskets in their bedrooms when they needed to go to the bathroom," Pope said. "Both children disclosed that on numerous occasions, the suspect would zip-tie their hands behind their backs and beat them as punishment. The children disclosed being hit with electrical cords and a hammer. Both children were also deprived of food."
He said both youngsters "had injuries on their bodies that were consistent with the abuse that they had disclosed, including marks that indicated that their wrists had been restrained with a zip-tie type restraint.''
Hudson said the children were in good condition "considering their ordeal." He said the case was still open but investigators believe "it's just this incident with one suspect and two children."
– Mike Terry
|Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 06:54|