LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Palmdale woman was sentenced Wednesday to seven years to life in state prison for torturing her two young adopted children, officials from the Los Angeles County district Attorney’s Office said.

Ingrid Ivenia Brewer, 52, pleaded no contest to two counts of torture on Dec. 15.

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Brewer’s two adopted children – a boy and a girl who were 8 and 7 years old at the time, respectively – were found several blocks from their home, huddled under a car under a blanket, scarcely dressed and in sub-freezing temperatures on Jan. 15, 2013.

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The children told deputies they had run away from home because they were tired of the abuse. Investigators say the two victims were covered in scars and blistered, and were kept separated and sometimes bound with zip ties in locked bedrooms and were afraid of returning to their adoptive mother.

The investigation found the children had been beaten with hangers, electric cords, ropes and pipes and communicated through walls while Brewer went to work as a nurse’s assistant at UCLA Medical Center.

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