A UCLA assistant nurse is set to go on trial for a total of eight felonies, including charges of torture, for allegedly abusing her two adopted children on an ongoing basis.
Fifty-three-year-old Ingrid Brewer allegedly locked up her victims for hours at a time while she was at work. They were an eight-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl and they were forced to use waste baskets for a toilet.
On top of that, Brewer apparently beat the children regularly, explained Sgt. Brian Hudson of the L.A. County Sheriff’s, adding, “They had been struck and hit with electrical cords, the young boy disclosed being hit with a hammer. A lot of this discipline took place when the children had their hands restrained behind their backs with zip ties.”
Hudson continued in court, explaining how the abused children broke free.
“The brother was the one that managed to get himself out of his bedroom. He managed to get his sister out of her bedroom and told her, ‘It’s time to go, we’ve got to get out of this house.'”
Cynthia Otera, a neighbor who lives across the street from where the alleged abuses took place, told reporters, “All of our children would play out there. And she would come out and stood out on the sidewalk like she was about yell at them. She seemed to be very bothered by it like she didn’t like it.”
When police found the children they were huddled underneath a car a few blocks away from the house.
Sgt. Hudson said, “The temperatures at that time of night were in the mid-20’s and all the children had to keep themselves warm was a blanket. The children told deputies that they had run away from the house because they were tired of being abused.”
Otera, who was almost moved to tears, told reporters, “When I was told they had run away and the way that they were found. I just wish I could have done something.”
The torture charges alone could mean life imprisonment for Brewer; she has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.