An anger management counselor and her adult son are accused of abusing the woman’s three foster children, including punching a 7-year-old until he vomited and hitting him in the head with a glass, which broke and cut him.
Ogilvia Pineda, 46, and her son Kyle Macias, 23, were arraigned Monday in Jefferson County Circuit Court on felony child abuse charges, the Bulletin reported. They are currently being held at the Jefferson County Jail in Madras.
Pineda is a counselor focusing on substance abuse and anger management at Crook County Mental Health in Prineville.
Her lawyer declined to comment. Macias’ lawyer could not be reached.
Pineda’s foster children, between the ages of 3 and 7, told investigators Macias would force them to eat food from the trash. The 7-year-old boy said Macias regularly punched him in the stomach, sometimes causing him to vomit, according to court documents filed this week.
The children also accuse Macias of forcing socks into their mouths, causing their throats to bleed.
The children told investigators that Pineda would tell them that their blood relatives didn’t love them.
They accuse her of pulling their hair and ears and striking the boy on the head with a glass jar, causing a gash that required stitches, court documents state.
The boy also said Macias kicked him in the head, forced him to take long cold showers and held his head under water.
The investigation into Pineda and Macias began in May after she brought her foster son to a Madras hospital with a large cut on his head, according to a search warrant affidavit written by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Pollock. A nurse found several bruises on the boy’s body and called police. Police called child welfare workers, but they declined to come to the emergency room because the child and his foster mother both said falls and sports injuries, not abuse, caused the numerous cuts and bruises.
After further detective work, however, the children were removed from Pineda’s home earlier this month, court documents state. Most of the harsh conduct was designed to force the boy to do chores or be quiet or to punish him for failing to do so, he told investigators.
Immediately after they arrested the pair, police search Pineda’s home and found socks with blood spots on them and a broken jar matching the description the boy gave of the one that injured him.
Their cases are scheduled to go before a grand jury this week.