PALMDALE – A Palmdale woman who pleaded no contest to torturing her two adopted children was sentenced Wednesday to seven years to life in state prison.
Ingrid Brewer, 53, pleaded no contest Dec. 15 to a pair of torture counts involving the girl and boy, who were 7 and 8 years old, respectively, at the time of the abuse.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies found the children hiding under a blanket near a parked vehicle on a street near their home after Brewer reported them missing Jan. 15, 2013.
“Neither child had any type of winter clothing on, despite temperatures in the mid-20s,” sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope said at the time. The children told deputies that they had run away because they were tired of being tied up and beaten, Pope said.
Investigators said the two victims, who were covered in scars and blisters, were kept separated and sometimes bound with zip-ties in locked bedrooms.The children communicated through walls while Brewer went to work as a nurse’s assistant at UCLA Medical Center, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson.
Brewer also deprived the children of food and access to the bathroom, forcing them to use wastebaskets in their rooms to relieve themselves, according to testimony at a preliminary court hearing.
Both children had more than 100 injuries throughout their bodies, including injuries that were consistent with being hit with electrical cords, coat hangers, pipes, ropes and belts, according to testimony from Mary Reina, a registered nurse at Antelope Valley Hospital. (Read more here.)
“It’s a sad case and these poor children suffered serious injuries that children their age should never have to be exposed to,” said Swanson, who noted that the children are now with a foster parent and are “doing well.”
Brewer has been jailed in lieu of $2 million bail since her Jan. 16, 2013, arrest.
[City News Service contributed to this report.]
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