Two employees of a Palm Springs youth organization arrested on child neglect and abuse

PALM SPRINGS, Fla. - Two employees of a youth organization in Palm Springs that provides services to immigrant children have been arrested on charges of child abuse and child neglect, according to a media release from the Palm Springs Police Department.

Michael Angelo Escalante, a facility tutor and main subject of the investigation, was arrested on Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals Service in Homestead. He had direct supervision, care and custody of the children, according to the media release.

Escalante faces 14 charges of child abuse that range from throwing things at the children to squeezing them, binding their hands and taping their mouths shut, according to the release.

Ingrid Riechmann, program director at Youth Co-Op Inc. faces 14 charges of child neglect "for her failure to protect the children as she was aware of the abuse from its onset," according to the release.

She was arrested on Tuesday and bonded out of the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday.

The abuse happened during a summer camp program, according to the media release.

During the almost six-month investigation, authorities interviewed more than 30 children at the non-profit organization located at 2112 South Congress Avenue.

The organization terminated their employment as soon as they were made aware of the charges of abuse and neglect, the release said.

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