A Placerville woman is jailed and facing numerous child cruelty charges for what authorities say was years of alleged abuse of four girls she adopted.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Patricia Taylor, 63, last month after hearing the abuse allegations, according to a post on the office’s Facebook page.
Taylor was an adoptive parent of four girls ages 11 to 16, and had fostered other children in the past who had since moved out, the post said.
In mid-April, Taylor’s adopted 14-year-old daughter ran away from Taylor’s home to an older sister’s house, deputies said. The girl told deputies and Child Protective Services officials about years of prior abuse. Authorities conducted more interviews with Taylor’s adopted daughters, who shared similar allegations, the post said.
On Friday, detectives with the sheriff’s office arrested Taylor. Officials said she faces at least one charge of torture as well as five counts of child abuse likely to cause serious injury or death, three counts of false imprisonment, two counts of willful cruelty to a child and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct of a child under 14.
Taylor is being held at El Dorado County Jail on a $1.4 million bail.
The children are all safe and in protective custody, the post said.