Palmdale woman accused of abusing adopted children
The two ran away after tiring of continued abuse
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies 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 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, according to the city of Palmdale Open Public Records.
Brewer, who has pled not guilty, was scheduled for preliminary hearing today in the Lancaster courthouse, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Brian Hudson said the children, whose ages are 7 and 8, but were not named, 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.”
LANCASTER, Calif.—A Palmdale woman accused of abusing and torturing her two adopted children was ordered today to stand trial.
Lancaster Superior Court Judge Bernie LaForteza found sufficient evidence to require Ingrid Brewer, 51, to proceed to trial on two counts each of child abuse, torture, assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury.
Brewer—who was arrested Jan. 16—remains jailed on $2 million bail while awaiting arraignment March 19.
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