The woman has four adopted children, all of whom are now in state custody. The sheriff said evidence shows she abused all of them but “took a special interest” in boy, who the Florida Department of Children and Families referred to as the “target child,” the Pensacola News Journal reported.
The boy had lived with the woman and her husband for seven and a half years before another of the children texted someone who alerted authorities, the sheriff said.
“She abused this child pretty severely, but she took him out of school and home schooled him for two years because she knew that if she sent him to school, obviously, somebody would report it,” Johnson said.
The husband is not expected to be charged, Johnson said. He added that the husband wasn’t home when the abuse was committed because he worked long hours.
The woman is being held without bond at the Santa Rosa County Jail.