Mother charged with child abuse

Wednesday, January 14, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:23 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A Columbia woman was charged on Tuesday with two counts of felony child abuse involving her two children, ages 3 and 5.

Yolanda Gail Brewster, 24, of the 1200 block of Elleta Boulevard, was arrested Monday.

Her children had suffered three days of abuse with a phone and cable cord, said Columbia Police Sgt. Stephen Monticelli.

Columbia police responded to the 1200 block of Elleta Boulevard on Sunday on a report of possible child abuse. Officers were not able to locate the two children or Brewster. Officers found Brewster and her two children on Monday at a residence in the 4100 block of Lenoir Street when Boone County deputies responded to a disturbance call.

“Upon examination of the children, officers observed the injuries that were apparently caused by a severe beating to the children and they were immediately taken into protective custody,” Monticelli said in a news release.

Investigators said the children had deep bruises and cuts to the torso, legs, arms, neck and face.

Brewster is in the Boone County Jail. Bond is set at $20,000.

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