Kids allegedly tortured in Palmdale home, mother charged

Ingrid Brewer, 50, is accused of tying up and beating her two adopted children – an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl – in this west Palmdale home in the 39000 Block of Clear View Court.

Ingrid Brewer, 50, is accused of tying up and beating her two adopted children – an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl – in this west Palmdale home in the 39000 Block of Clear View Court.

PALMDALE – A 50-year-old Palmdale woman is facing eight felony counts, after her two adopted children told detectives they were deprived of food, tied up and beaten with electrical cords and a hammer, authorities said.

Ingrid Brewer is charged with two counts of torture, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of felony battery and two counts of cruelty to a child, according to Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.

“Even our most veteran child abuse detectives were appalled at what we came across in this incident,” Hudson said Wednesday. “These two kids are heroes because they showed a heck of a lot of courage to take it upon themselves to get out of a bad situation on their own.”

The alleged torture came to light last week, when Brewer reported her 8-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl missing from their west Palmdale home, Hudson said.

Brewer reported the children missing around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and the Palmdale Station launched a “critical missing operation” due to the children’s ages, Hudson said.

About three hours later, deputies found the two children a few blocks away from their home.

“They were huddled under a blanket near a parked car and it was quite cold that morning,” Hudson said, adding that neither child had any type of winter clothing on, despite temperatures in the mid-20s.

“Once we found the children, we discovered that they ran away to escape the environment they had been placed in by their mother,” Hudson continued.

Brewer told detectives her two adopted children were punished because they were "stealing food," authorities said.

Brewer told detectives her two adopted children were punished because they were “stealing food,” authorities said.

The children told detectives that, on numerous occasions, Brewer would tie their hands behind their backs and beat them as punishment, Hudson said.

“Those children disclosed being hit with electrical cords and a hammer at one point over the course of the last several months,” Hudson said, adding that both children had numerous marks and bruises on them when found.

“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 also reported being locked in their bedrooms for up to 14 hours at a time, while Brewer went to work each day as a certified nursing assistant in Los Angeles, Hudson said.

“The doors were padlocked from the outside so they could not come out of the rooms,” Hudson said. “The children were locked in separate rooms and were forced to use their trash cans as toilets.”

Shortly after the children were found, detectives arrested Brewer at her home in the 39000 Block of Clear View Court in Palmdale.

Neighbors said Wednesday that Brewer had been living at the address since about March of 2012.

“She never really spoke to anyone and she kept to herself,” Cynthia Otero said, adding that she didn’t even realize Brewer had kids until recently.

Otero said she wished the two youngsters had given her some type of clue to alert her of their predicament, and she expressed remorse that the abuse was happening just across the street from her home.

“We spoke to all of the neighbors and none of them reported ever seeing any type of suspicious activity. The sheriff’s department had no previous calls for service at the location,” Hudson said.

Brewer told detectives her adopted children were punished because they were “stealing food,” Hudson said, but declined to elaborate further.

Hudson said the children were homeschooled and had been adopted out of the foster care system about a year ago. The youngsters said the torture began in October of last year.

“Since Halloween of 2012, that’s when they first remembered being locked in their rooms and not being allowed to come out while their mom was at work,” Hudson said.

The children have been in protective custody since they were found, Hudson said. Brewer pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts on Friday, Jan. 18, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. She remains jailed on $2 million bail and is due back in court on Thursday, Jan. 31, for a scheduled preliminary hearing.

  86 comments for “Kids allegedly tortured in Palmdale home, mother charged

  1. Nicole
    February 2, 2013 at 4:21 am

    The problem is not any organization. The problem is the lazy people who are supposed to work their jobs. Too many people in myriad fields of employment simply don’t take their jobs serious. Jobs are just a means to a paycheck to them. Tasks are not completed wit attention to detail IN A TIMELY MANNER.
    This entire situation further fuels more foster care((where are the kids now???)) AND adoption(((where the children will be in the future)))
    Sick, twisted circle.
    ——NO!!!!!! The dad should not get the children. Sounds like he wasn’t even a factor in the foster/adoption process so ……

    Also, the NEIGHBORS, could have done more besides just look and comment AFTER THE FACT.
    I bet many of them are lying by omission because they didn’t want to get involved.

    • Forewarned
      February 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

      Don’t foster parents get like $500.00 per child? Sounds like this nutcase was only in it for the $$$. Sounds like they do better background checks on people who want to adopt a dog than they do with potential foster parents. Sad.

      • Gladys
        February 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

        Foster parents get paid, depending on the agency, age and needs of the child, anything from $500 (small agency) to $1000 and whatever tax credit they file, exemptions etc.

  2. January 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm

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  3. Sue
    January 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Nice….DCFS should have picked better when adopting these children out. What a screwed up system. I bet the State or County even paid this woman every month, “adoption assistance” makes me sick to think my taxes helped this woman. Shame on DCFS!

  4. David Neptune
    January 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    [removed]!…I hope she gets tortured in prison!

    • bea
      January 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      The sicko looks like a Neanderthal

      • William
        January 27, 2013 at 5:45 am

        I know. The photo looks like one of those recreations they do when they find a skull somewhere belonging to a primitive human being.

        “privitive human being”. Yeah, that fits.

  5. Kel
    January 25, 2013 at 7:19 am

    This “woman” is despicable!!

  6. PAR
    January 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Kudos to the police and social services for actually paying attention to the kids, and making sure they were put into protective custody. Too often, children are just returned to the abusive situation with no real investigation of the problem. As others have stated, the circumstances surrounding this “adoption” are absolutely confounding. Sure, a working parent can be a good parent…IF appropriate arrangements for school and child care are in place. Locking children in their bedrooms for as long as 14 hours a day is NOT “home schooling.” While it’s horrific to think of these little ones enduring the situation as long as they did, it’s a blessing that they’ve finally been rescued, thanks to the police not just taking them back home and considering the mission accomplished.

  7. George Smith
    January 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Anyone else notice that she looks like Magic Johnson in a wig?

  8. sammy P
    January 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    It’s a good thing the kids got away when they did, they are getting older and the foster mom may have soon realized her abuse was bound to come to light one day and she might have staged a car accident, drowning or abduction to cover up her crimes, and we would never have seen those kids again.

    I don’t like to judge someone based on their looks, but would you hire this woman as a baby sitter? I would not. “not-so-pretty” people like her are much more likely to have mental problems due to the pains they have gone through in their lives, and will want to take their anger issues out on others, like kids.

    How to prevent this from happening again? No home schooling for foster parents. Make it a law in which foster parents MUST send the kids to a public school and school officials must report any foster mom who tries to take kids out of the school system. And how about 4 unannounced social worker home visits per year, mandatory.

    • irishgirl_lucky
      January 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      it wasn’t a foster mom, It was actually the Mother by Adoption. There is a difference. When you are foster parent the DCFS Case Remains an OPEN Case until the child is reunited with parents or adopted and then still have to wait til DCFS caseis closed. DCFS however is supposed to be checking on kids while case is open and there are conditions that birth parents and foster parents MUST comply with. They must be enroled in school, public or private. I have never heard of a foster child being home schooled ever.

      But once DCFS Case is closed and an adoption is final. DCFS backs off,and the parent has the liberty and freedom to enroll their children in any school just like the majority of any non offending parent out there. Unfortunatley, things are not seen unless REPORTED to authorities and DCFS. It seems this Maggot obviously chose to home school to keep them marks and bruises hidden and to isolate them so they wouldn’t tell….,SO SICK and SO SAD!! I am SOOO happy they took the opportunity to run when they did!!! WHAT COURAGE for those babies!!

    • sikntired
      January 25, 2013 at 12:05 am

      That is some pretty ignorant info there sammy- “I don’t like to judge someone based on their looks, but would you hire this woman as a baby sitter? I would not. “not-so-pretty” people like her are much more likely to have mental problems due to the pains they have gone through in their lives, and will want to take their anger issues out on others, like kid
      Care to quote some statistics?

  9. Ali
    January 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Pure evil.. Anyone who could hurt any child is just pure evil. My heart goes out to these kids. I hope they can find a good home and be treated with kindness and loved like they deserve to be. Send this evil sorry excuse for a human to prison.

  10. XterraDriver
    January 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    There’s a whole scam going on right now where mom pops out 4 or 5 illegitimate children from different baby daddies. Then she creates an “incident” and has DCFS come get the kids.

    The DA gives her a court date and lo and behold on her court date, Grandma shows up crying and carrying on and asking that she be given custody of her “precious grandbabies”. Before the DCFS worker can give any input, the judge grants custody to the grandmother which thereby allows her to apply for Section 8, WIC, EBT, SNAP, TANF and other government programs.
    It is complete and utter fraud and it goes on all of the time!

    Maybe this case will finally expose the massive amount of fraud that is being perpetuated.

    • Gladys
      January 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Grandma’s and Auntie’s. Thank you. I thought I was the only one who was seeing that scam.
      Grandma, gets custody of grandkids. All the babies have different mommas, same daddy (her son). Since she has a licensed daycare and is “working” all day, she, on paper, enrolls all the kids in some other fake daycare and also collects on them for that.
      What one doesn’t think of, the other one does.

      • ryneshia jackson
        January 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        ohhh come one cant you see they are just trying to provide hahahahahah yeah its all a sham then theses kids end up breaking in to peoples home causing trouble and they grandma / mom are crying I dont know they are good kids

  11. Valerie
    January 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    They better p.c dat b!!!tch I wish I was her cellie I would bet her senseless daily and make her set it up at lights out that hoe is sick fo doing kids like dat

    • Gladys
      January 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      haha, I bet you would Valerie

      • Valerie
        January 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

        Hey gladyis sorry if I misspelled ur name but lets face it these kids can’t fend fo themselves so why not I would fck ha dumb ass up

        • Gladys
          January 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

          Darlin, I am agreeing with you 100%.

    • sikntired
      January 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      ? Make her set it up at lights out? What does that mean?

  12. Gladys
    January 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Any statement or comment I have made regarding a certain housing program should not be interpreted as me saying she is getting actual subsidy. Just want to clear that up.

  13. sanadia
    January 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    These poor innocent children did not have to live this way. The system failed them big time. How in the world could they have been home schooled if they were locked up in their rooms for up to 14 hours. CNA’s do not get paid much so this evil witch was getting money for the children I’m sure and she obviously got help from some government agent. Makes me wonder if she knows someone in the system that covered up for her. I’m sure a whole lot of fraud will be discovered, but hope it doesn’t take years. I cannot believe that the neighbors did not know that this went on. I believe that these children/all adopted children should be placed in good homes. But who the heck checks the adoptive parents out? My heart goes out to these poor little children, and hope they get a better home in the future.
    Again, the system needs to clean up their act and help children and not put them in harms way.

    • Boom
      January 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I live right across the street. Each house on our cul-de-sac has children. At any given time there would be 10-15 kids playing basketball, riding bikes, and running around. NOT ONCE did I ever see the children or even signs that a children had ever been there…toys and etc. she was a very unapproachable and abrasive person. My neighbors and I are horrified that as active in the neighborhood as we are, we had no idea.

      She moved into the house in the middle of the night. We thought it was odd for a single woman to move into (not sure if she bought it, rent it, or was on Section 8) this house alone since it was a 3500 sq ft home. Seems a little excessive.

      We all feel terrible. Our kids are emotionally distraught. They wonder how many time those poor babies looked out the window of their locked rooms to see all the kids having a great time.

  14. lisa
    January 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

    makes me ill, no words can express…but i would like to know if anyone can tell me what in the hell is that string of burgundy garland or lights on the front of that witche’s house is? makes me wonder what that symbol represents…clearly not a cross…so wtf is it…demons are everywhere.

    • Gladys
      January 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Flashing neon sign…”Evil lurks in high places, evil lurks in high places”. How could so many people miss it?

  15. Dolores
    January 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Send Her to Jail. Period. Point. blank.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

    what’s the point of adopting kids if you are its to be good parent’s not to punish them like igrid did thats just [removed] wrong i wonder who raised her.

    • Gladys
      January 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

      You would think so Mr. Antelope Valley. Obviously, she was doing it for the money. The monthly check she got paid for having them. The Section 8 benefit for having them and probably every other social service handout known to man.
      Having foster kids or adopting kids that DCFS wants to shift financial responsibility for, is a popular scam. If she was still able to have kids, or had someone to make them with, she would probably have had more of her own. Except it looks like she may not have wanted to ruin her girlish figure.
      I hope every aspect of her life is investigated and unraveled.
      Home study should have spoken to neighbors, teachers, doctors. She should have been subject to a MMPI test to see her propensity toward this behavior.
      Was there sex abuse anywhere in this situation? How long did she plan on keeping these kids prisoners in the house? Did neighbors ever see visitors at the house? Can they identify them? Investigators should talk to them.
      Was her house a filthy mess? Was there food in the refrigerator. Did she ever make food for these children. DID A JUDGE TALK TO THESE KIDS BEFORE SIGNING THEM OVER TO INGRID BREWER?
      Who was supposedly taking care of these children everyday and who was the person who was “homeschooling” them? Have these kids ever been to public or private school?

  17. Cee Smith
    January 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

    People like Ingrid d’ Incivil don’t “turn”. They are most often conditioned. Too long for people to keep turn a blind eye and keep hush hush about the frequency with which mental illness occurs. Some ethnic communities are disproportionately affected or have higher incidences (i.e. African Americans and Caucasians). Social services isn’t doing their job when placing children. Fact. People had to vouch for this Ingrid’s character, and likely her then-spouse. Obviously those people (and those who screened the references) aren’t good judges of character. Obviously Social Services didn’t do their job screening the references intensively. Ingrid probably suffered from one of many mental conditions, which if untreated, can result in such social and behavioral deviances. You can start reading here if you are in doubt. (Paste into your browser if url doesn’t link automatically.)

    • irishgirl_lucky
      January 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Mental Illness or even Drug Addiction DOES NOT EXCUSE BAD BEHAVIOR!!!!!

  18. irishgirl_lucky
    January 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

    POS!!! I hope she gets her ass beat everyday for the rest of her pathetic maggot life by the big girls in state pen!! Makes me ill and breaks my heart to hear of what these innocent young children had to endure living with that monster. What happened to our systen??!!! DCFS does NOT care about children’s well-being!! what a bunch of hores [removed]!! They are so overwelmed and have such big case loads that they are willing to let anyone adopt just to get kids out of the system..I am sure DCFS may have done “follow UP” visits UNTIL the adoption and case was closed, Remember once case is closed and adoption is final they NO LONGER are involved UNKESS some one reports suspicion of neglect and/or Abuse. Unfortunatley it appears this POS put on an act and was on best behavior till she was clear to take off the mask and be her true maggot self!! I only pray that this POS gets MAX punishment and rots in prison and then burns in hell!!

    My Heart and prayers go out to these brave kids!! Yes, they are heros for saving themselves and maybe even more children out there being abused!

    God BLESS THEM and Protect them… Send them people who will Love them and will treat them well!

    • irishgirl_lucky
      January 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

      BUT YES!….DCFS needs to do a more intensive thorough screening and background checks on these aboptors and foster parents….they really need to dig deep on these people

      • irishgirl_lucky
        January 24, 2013 at 9:49 am


    • PAR
      January 25, 2013 at 12:31 am

      Sadly, that’s probably the case. We don’t really know WHAT kind of family situation was presented to those charged with reviewing and approving the adoption. Maybe the mother wasn’t working long hours then… or maybe she didn’t report this. Maybe there were no concerns with child care, if she didn’t state her intention to home school, and one of the other adult household members had a job that would have allowed him/her to be home by the time the kids got out of school if mom was still at work. Or, maybe the home schooling thing was planned, and the mother said that she had a friend or relative who was a retired teacher who was going to come in for half a day every day to do this. Whatever… we don’t really KNOW what kind of situation was described, and perhaps even verified, at the TIME the adoption was approved. But once the deal is done, adoptive parents have the same rights as birth parents, in terms of being free to implement their own parenting style. No intervention by law enforcement or social services will happen until and unless a complaint is made, or, as in this case, a situation is otherwise brought to their attention. It’s a blessing that these little ones managed to break free, and that law enforcement found them.

  19. Cee Smith
    January 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

    There are co-conspirators: the adult children living with her who had to have known (12-14 hours per day…). They should also be tried with negligence and indifference. Maybe then they’ll spill the beans on just how hideous this Ingrid d’ Ogre really is. Additionally, the Social Services team is clearly at fault, and can’t make up some lame excuse like we have too many cases….You don’t adopt two kids out to a foster parent who works in Los Angeles all day, AND purportedly homeschools the children. Hello. The children indicated the abuse started last Fall. She relocated last March. How long were they in foster care? When did the adoption become final? Did this (and I use the term VERY LOOSELY) woman get divorced? If so, why wasn’t this issue of provision for education and custody addressed by the family court? I mean abuse this extreme doesn’t come from nowhere, nor does it start overnight. This woman probably has a history of severe mental illness and instability. Her children’s school and medical records probably show that…if there are any.
    AND THAT ISN’T THE WORST OF IT…She is a CNA…and probably has a job in a nursing facility. Wow. I wonder what she has done to THOSE people. I noticed the article failed to investigate or report those details. Keep digging people, the dirt will fly…and it won’t be treasure we uncover about this pathetic event. Those poor children must be so traumatized, and we all know the statistics of what happends to children who suffer traumatic events early in life. I hope they beat the odds and come out stronger. Thank God they escaped that family of losers. I hope the troll has to pay for their counseling for the rest of her useless life. Same goes for those adult children and the foster care fraudulents who dumped those poor children into this witch’s cauldron.

    • Cee Smith
      January 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

      And where is the ex-husband in all of this…?

    • PAR
      January 25, 2013 at 12:16 am

      I totally agree about the others in the household being held accountable; I didn’t see any mention here of others in the household, but found that reference to “other adult children living in the house” in another article. Now I’m figuring that it was one of these “other adult children” who was SUPPOSED to be responsible for taking care of these little ones, and probably also SUPPOSED to be the one charged with “home schooling.” Clearly, the youngest were receiving neither care nor schooling. And, there’s no reason why they’d have to be locked in a room for 12-14 hours per day to prevent them from “stealing food” if there were other adults present to make sure they were fed properly. Little children don’t “steal food” unless they are either really hungry, or have an unhealthy overeating compulsion, which needs to be corrected. Judging by the abuse and neglect these kids experienced, my guess is that they were hungry. :(

  20. Belle Starr
    January 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Wonder how long it’s gonna take before the infamous porn performer and stripper, Octomom gets her day in court. There have been numerous reports of the abuse and neglect of the octuplets. Caregivers reported she tied the toddlers to their cribs with cheesecloth, withheld food for discipline, kept them locked in a pee smelling room for hours on end or locked outside when she lived in Orange County. There has also been allegations of sibling sexual abuse on the octuplet girls. There are dozens of pix on the web showing the squalor they lived in while in OC. Someone from CPS always gave her a heads up when a reported allegation was to be investigated.
    Maybe now that she is in Los Angeles county there will be a more thorough investigation of the treatment and living conditions of these unfortunate children.

    • Gladys
      January 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

      This isn’t about her. Leave her alone.

      • AYFS
        January 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        You’re right, it isn’t about her. Natalie Suleman is MUCH MUCH WORSE and has been abusing, neglecting, torturing, and starving her kids for MUCH LONGER & in full view of her neighbors, the public, the police, and CPS. I just hope that now that she is out of Orange County, the REAL police that is LAPD will do something to rescue those poor babies before it’s too late.

      • Marcy
        January 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

        Why leave Octomom alone? So we can read about her abused and neglected children next? Someone needs to advocate for the octuplets since the their grandparents and porn star manager do not.

        • Gladys
          January 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

          When the article is about her, comment all you want. In the meantime if you have concerns, why don’t you offer to help so the children are not “abused” or “neglected”. Just because we don’t approve of her, for all the reasons everyone can come up with, doesn’t mean she should be attacked. Some of her children are old to be directly affected by negative comments about their mother’s life style and choices. We don’t need to add to the problem. She needs support, not just in the form of money. At least she is trying to do something to bring money in and is not showing up in the arrest logs for drugs, prostitution, fraud, shoplifting or any other crime.
          Her crime seems to be that she has too many kids… does that even make sense to be an a$$ to her?

          • Quigley
            January 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

            Gladys I applaud you for setting these idiots straight…although I doubt they will get it

          • Gladys
            January 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

            OMG Quigley, we never agree on anything.

        • Nicole
          February 2, 2013 at 3:53 am

          Octomom should have all of her children removed. She is counted among the dumbest moms ever —-choosing to have 8 kids and no dad? Where did she think money was going to come from???? She is no different than other lack of thought moms. In fact, SHE IS WORSE. She knew damn well she did not have money for all that is required for 8 kids all at the same time. That many children inherently includes a STAFF to help wit daily tasks and …MONEY!!!! She should not be allowed to receive any money or federal aid type programs because SHE PAID for those eggs to be fertilized.
          I will be watching the media for updates ((they are coming)) on how she neglects and abuses her children. I will see that they will grow up mentally and emotionally disturbed due to lack of emotional needs being met. How can she meet the needs of all those kids plus the PREEXISTING KIDS at the same time. I fully expect at least half or more of her litter to be unstable, psychotic , mom-hating serial killers.

  21. swkr
    January 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I work for CPS and I am also wondering how this woman passed the home study? I am also wondering how the kids were home schooled when she was in LA working? Something about this doesn’t add up. There are good and bad social workers,just like in all professions. These kids are heroes for being brave enough to leave that situaion. Thank God this twit had the “decency” to call the police when they went missing. She needs to be under the jail, with twisty ties on her wrists & feet, with a boot on her neck!

    • irishgirl_lucky
      January 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

      really?? you work for CPS….It has not been called CPS for years, it is DCFS! yeah I know there are good and bad workers, but when it comes to children’s well-being and saftey there is NO excuse for Negligence on the deprtment’s part!!!! ALL YOU DCFS workers ARE TRULY THE WORST PARENTS and Children’s Advocates out there!!

      YOU ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!!! whatever you say on here to try to defend the department and system is not helping you guys out at all

      • irishgirl_lucky
        January 24, 2013 at 9:51 am


  22. Newman
    January 24, 2013 at 8:15 am


  23. Lwh
    January 24, 2013 at 7:32 am

    The kids being in private or public school would not guarantee or make any more likely that anyone would of noticed or reported it. There are countless laws out there requiring all sorts of professionals to look for such things and report it, etc. and kids everyday slip through that system. This is a knock against anyone but merely the fact that it is not a guarantee. Just like most homeschoolers don’t do such things to their kids either.
    However, I have had my kids in all three schooling situations and I know many families that foster and adopt and homeschool. The families I know with two parents, a house, proof of income, etc. had to go through a very long, rigorous process to foster or adopt and are monitored pretty darn closely. Some kids in this situation due to their experiences before being placed are required to be placed in public school while siblings may be homeschooled.
    Something stinks here. I can’t imagine a single woman that has to commute to LA daily working as a CNA could possibly qualify for fostering or adopting two kids without someone fixing the system for her.
    Those poor kids and what courage on their part

    • stevooo
      January 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Sounds like a cover up and perhaps another failure of the buddy system with regard to this woman manipulating the adoption services and thereby reaping the benefits of these children with a total disregard to their actual needs. Sad Sad Sad, But typical of the LA scum mentality.

  24. Friend
    January 24, 2013 at 5:55 am

    I know this lady and she was never that kind of personage was funny and a very fun loving person I don’t know what could have happened to make her turn this was if this is true her own kids never showed any signs growing up

    • James Sosa
      January 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

      Lock her up and never let her out !

    • Quigley
      January 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Well Friend guess you didn’t know her that well, did ya? Just another AV/LA POS!

  25. January 24, 2013 at 3:59 am

    I think she should be deprived of food and will be locked up for more than 14 hours. You wonder why our youth are so screwed up? Look at these babies and how they are treated and wonder what kind of adults they will be. This woman and all like her should be taken out and given hard labor, oh wait, they don’t do that anymore the ACLU wants them to be pampered. She treated them like pets. Stealing food? It’s their home, they should be allowed to eat.

  26. hey
    January 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    wait… that’s a woman?

    • justbeingreal
      January 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Right !!!!!

  27. Mick
    January 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    This breaks my heart. My 9 year old niece and 7 year old nephew were in a less than stellar foster home until my sister adopted them. My sister gets no assistance (and never has), she just wanted to make sure these little ones didn’t fall through the cracks. I just don’t understand the mentality of a person who thinks it’s ok to abuse an innocent.

  28. Cleo Watts
    January 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I think the City of Palmdale need to bestow the highest award to that little boy who had the courage at 8 years old to save himself and his little sister from this horrible nightmare. He is my hero!!

    • sikntired
      January 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      I agree ; can’t believe those kids were hiding out in the street. for three hours in the cold.Think of yourself at eight, what would you do?Just an abomination.Why would you go through the whole process of adoption just to treat them like that?So you could qualify for sec.eight?
      SMFH.How carefully was she vetted and God only knows how she treats her nursing home patients.

    • Kim Lear
      January 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Man I feel for those kids. All that matters is that we’re able to escape. Not sure why someone would dislike the comments above.

  29. Sue
    January 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Makes me sick! There is so many people that adopt children to make their bills. Very Insane Behavior. This woman probably had a past with lots of misery. She just passes it on!

  30. Dee
    January 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Luckily, these children were found…ALIVE. This adoptive Mother appeared to be doing this for ‘Money’ .. It doesn’t say whether this woman was married at all.. so, it was purely for financial gain… I pray these children will find ”loving” homes… The way CA operates, I’m pretty sure this woman got Section 8 assistance, and other Welfare benefits available for the children.. It’s very sad that women do this to children, they didn’t ask to be mistreated..

    • Gladys
      January 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      It’s not just women who do this.
      There have been Case workers in on organized child placement schemes to collect kickback money.
      These kids need a loving home and to be kept together. Where is their birth mother? Were they taken from her and why? Not all people who lose their kids are bad people.
      No excuses for this Monster, Ingrid Brewer. No matter what, kids do not deserve to be tied up, beat with cords, food withheld, hit with a hammer, locked in a room and forced to potty in the trash can.
      She (Ingrid Brewer) has grown kids. Did any of them live there…or stay there unofficially, since it was probably Sect 8?
      Where was DCFS in all this? Did they do home inspection and make unannounced visits? Did they ever talk to the kids alone, away from Ms. Brewer? Any Dr. visits?

  31. Palmdale_Steve
    January 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Where were the schools, the teachers, the administrators who are supposed to be trained to look for warning signs of this sort of thing? You can look up the address and figure out what the nearest elementary school is, assuming these children were in school.

    I would hope that the local school and all schools in the AV will re-evaluate the training given to teachers and others on the warning signs of abuse at the very least. After all, schools where children spend many hours a day are the first line of defense in preventing child abuse in my view.

    • Gladys
      January 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      2 kids, girl 7 & boy 8, home schooled (by who?) while mom works in LA in the health field?

      • Palmdale_Steve
        January 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        Look up the address, I don’t think they were home schooled, if I gave that impression then I didn’t intend to. There is a public elementary school just up the street.

        • Palmdale_Steve
          January 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm

          Whoops the article said they were home school…I didn’t read that the first time through..on me.

          • Whoever
            January 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

            Ya OPPS! HELLO! Teachers would report restraint marks on the wrist! Believe it or not we do actually care about the kids we teach!

        • Gladys
          January 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm

          news story quote from above, “Hudson said the children were homeschooled and had been adopted out of the foster care system about a year ago. The youngsters said the torture began in October of last year.”
          I’d like to know if “someone” was getting paid to take care of her adopted (from foster care)kids while she was at work.
          I would also like to know if any kind of home study was done by Child Protective Services before they let her have those kids. Has whoever placed them with her had other kids in the same abusive situations. Any other investigations?

          • toria
            January 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

            You know Gladys I never thought of that one,Good thinking! was she collecting CCRC payments for “SOMEONE” watching the kids while she worked?a quick call to “WE TIP” OR “WELFARE FRAUD HOTLINE” might just get her a little more time if she is abusing that system also…Just a thought!

      January 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm


      • Palmdale_Steve
        January 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm

        @Dawn…you are right, I missed that which was clearly stated in the article. There is clearly no fault to be found of the local school system.

        There is though a “close to home” reminder for all to be watchful of signs of abuse in any child you might encounter and report your suspicions to the someone who can investigate.

        • sikntired
          January 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm

          I wonder how you can home school when you are in L. A. at work all day?
          Imagine those little kids out in the street last week when it was so cold.And what if that house had a fire when those kids were locked in their rooms?
          Hope the girls in jail give her a working over.

  32. Arron P
    January 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Yup looks like she is a [removed]. And for her to due that to children that have gone through foster care she should be locked up in a room and given the same treatment as the children suffered. Hope she is behind bars for a very long time.

    • Palmdale_Steve
      January 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Can I give more than one thumbs up?

      • Gladys
        January 23, 2013 at 6:21 pm

        yes go on your smart phone, you can do thumbs up as many times as you want. lol, flaw in this site.

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