Woman ordered to stand trial for alleged abuse of two adopted children
Reported them missing
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.
The girl was 7 and the boy 8 when the alleged crimes occurred between Oct. 31 and Jan. 15.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Palmdale station began searching for the children after Brewer reported them missing Jan. 15.
The deputies “eventually located both of them lying near a parked vehicle on a street near their residence,” sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope said earlier. “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.”
“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,” Pope said.
He said the 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.”
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.
LANCASTER, Calif.—A Quartz Hill woman was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the March 2009 death of her 18-month-old daughter, whom she initially claimed was taken from her in a violent kidnapping.
Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky imposed the term on Stacey Marie Barker, 26, who was convicted May 24 of first-degree murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse for the March 18, 2009, slaying of her daughter, Emma.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Southland again will bake in dry heat today, creating what the National Weather Service (NWS) called an “elevated fire danger” falling short of red flag conditions.
“A strong upper-level high-pressure system in combination with weak onshore flow near the surface brought record-breaking triple-digit heat to portions of the valleys and foothills on Sunday,” noted an NWS advisory.
LANCASTER, Calif. — Blood drops found at Apollo Park in Lancaster led to charges being filed against a state prison inmate in connection with a burglary from storage containers at the park, authorities said today.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Parks Bureau found blood drops in and around the containers used to store miscellaneous equipment and items used to maintain the park, said Johnnie K. Jones of the sheriff’s Parks Bureau.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — High surf pounded the coast and fierce winds howled across the Southland today, with gusts topping 70 mph whipping the Saugus area and 50 mph in Lancaster.