Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MOTHER ARRESTED IN
At approximately 4:00 p.m. yesterday, May 14, 2008, Ida Torres is accused of taking her sick 10-month-old son and two daughters, ages 5 and 11, and fleeing CHOC. The baby had been admitted to the hospital on May 10, 2008 for a viral asthma infection and was still undergoing treatment. Ida Torres took the three children from CHOC without bringing any medication for the sick baby. The children’s father, who was out of the room when Ida Torres took the children, has primary custody. Ida Torres has secondary custody with rights to visitation every other weekend.
Ida Torres can be seen on a hospital surveillance video fleeing the hospital with her three children and an adult male. The adult male is believed to be Ida’s Torres’ cousin, Joel Torres, 33, who arrived in
Ida Torres was driving a 2008 silver Chrysler Sebring with license plate number 6AHA682. The car was rented from
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Orange Police Department investigated this case. Deputy District Attorney Jim Bacin of the Child Abduction Unit is prosecuting this case.