A state-funded, nonprofit summer camp meant to help recently immigrated children turned into a nightmare for at least 14 kids, according to a Palm Springs Public Safety Department arrest report.
Children told investigators that among a list of 20 incidents of physical or mental abuse, a camp tutor wrapped painter's tape around their wrists, threw chairs at them and ordered them to do boot-camp style exercises during the camp, held from June to August 2013, according to the report.
But once camp director Ingrid Reichmann, 35, of Fort Lauderdale, learned about the allegations committed by the camp tutor, she never corrected the problem, according to the report.
The camp tutor is still at large and was not identified in the report.
Detectives began investigating the camp on Aug. 22, and decided to arrest Reichmann for her lack of action, according to the report. She was also fired.
The detective wrote in the report that many of the children in the camp were from Cuba, Syria, Iraq and other countries and didn't know about U.S. laws designed to protect children. Even if they knew, the tutor took their cellphones so they couldn't call family, according to the report.
It's unclear from the report if this was an overnight camp or a day camp.
Other children reported the tutor frequently talked about his military experience and wanted the children to experience something similar, including taking boys outside for "harsh exercises."
Punishment for children also included the tutor hitting and punching the children in the head and forcing them to raise their hands until exhausted, according to the report.
"The children told me they felt severe pain to their shoulders and under their arms," the detective wrote in the report.
Reichmann faces 14 counts of child neglect. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Wednesday on $63,000 bail.
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