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Palmdale Woman Accused of Torturing Adopted Children

torture-momThe search for 2 missing children led to what deputies are calling a horrific case of child abuse and torture.

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torture-momPALMDALE — A woman accused of torturing her adopted son and daughter has been ordered to stand trial.

Ingrid Brewer is charged with eight felony counts, including torture, cruelty and assault with a deadly weapon.

She had plead not guilty.

The 50-year-old woman was arrested in January after the 7-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother were found bruised and beaten on a street, huddled under a blanket in 20-degree weather.

The children had run away to escape abuse, authorities said.

In court on Tuesday, Sheriff’s investigators testified  that Brewer zip-tied the children’s wrists, beat them with a plastic jump rope, and locked them in separate rooms while she was away – sometimes for as long as 12 hours.

After Brewer’s arrest, county investigators uncovered a history of child maltreatment investigations involving Brewer going back to 2001, when callers to a hot line twice reported that she was abusing her two biological children.

Both times, social workers concluded that the allegations were unfounded.

After visiting Brewer’s Palmdale home while assessing her application to adopt the children, the social worker reported that the children appeared stiff in Brewer’s presence and had to ask permission to do anything.

The girl told a social worker she was scared.

Despite that report, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services looked no further and contact with the family was soon terminated.

Brewer is due back in court March 19 for pretrial motions.

PALMDALE, Calif. (KTLA) — A Palmdale woman pleaded not guilty to two counts each of child abuse, torture, assault with a deadly weapon in the alleged torture of her 2 adopted children.

The case came to light when adoptive mother 50-year old Ingrid Brewer reported the 8-year old boy and his 7-year old sister missing.

Deputies eventually located the children lying under a blanket near a parked vehicle on a street near their residence.torture-mom

Neither child had any type of winter clothing on, despite temperatures in the mid 20s.

The children told deputies that they had run away from home because they were tired of being tied up and beaten by Brewer.

The children disclosed that when she left for work each day, Brewer 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.

Both children disclosed that on numerous occasions, Brewer would zip-tie their hands behind their backs and beat them as punishment.

The children also said they were hit with electrical cords and a hammer. Both children were also deprived of food.

Deputies say the children had injuries on their bodies that were consistent with the alleged abuse, including marks that indicated that their wrists had been restrained with a zip-tie type restraint.

The kids were home schooled, so their were no school officials to report the crimes, police said.

Brewer was arrested and is being held on $2 million bail.

She is due back in court January 31 for a preliminary hearing.

The children are now in protective custody with a foster family.

It is not clear whether the children were adopted through a public or private process.

But the head of the county’s child protective agency said Thursday he would personally investigate the case.

“I am personally looking into this situation to determine what role, if any, our department had in these children’s lives,” Philip Browning, director of the Department of Children and Family Services, said in a statement.

PALMDALE — Ingrid Brewer called 911 last week to report her children missing.

Deputies found the brother and sister in the wee hours of the night, hiding in the freezing cold.

When deputies asked why they ran away – the children told them of abuse inside the home.

They told deputies they had been locked up, hit with cords, hit with a hammer and deprived of food.

Deputies say signs of abuse were evident -including  marks on the children’s arms and wrists.

Neighbors next door didn’t even realize children lived there.

And because the youngsters were home schooled there were no school officials to report the crimes.

In this suburban neighborhood of Palmdale – neighbors say the streets are often full of kids playing and that neighbors know one another – but that wasn’t the case with the Brewer family.

Kids in the neighborhood say they rarely saw the two children who lived here – even though they’re just about the same age.

– Stefan Chase, KTLA News

PALMDALE, Calif. — The search for 2 missing children led to what deputies are calling a horrific case of child abuse and torture.

Stefan Chase has more on the story.