Foster mother arrested, charged for allegedly abusing foster children


Kim Harris
Managing Editor

Yoko Isaac, 43, of Temecula entered a plea of “not guilty” to 14 felony charges of abuse Friday, Dec. 20. She was arraigned following an investigation by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department ending in her arrest for abuse of her foster children Wednesday, Dec. 18. 

The charges stem from the arrival of a 3-year-old child to an area hospital with injuries “suspicious in nature,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. 

According to sheriff’s officials, the investigation revealed Isaac allegedly physically and verbally abused both the 3-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother while in Isaac’s custody.

The siblings were the only children in Isaac’s care and were relocated by social services during the investigation.

Deputies served a search warrant at Isaac’s residence in the 40000 block of Holden Circle, where she was arrested.

She was booked at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center for inflicting great bodily injury, torture and corporal punishment on a child, according to the sheriff’s department, where she remains in custody on $2 million bail.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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