Deputies: Family abused relative who suffocated
Officials: Woman with disability was tied up daily
Three family members were arrested Monday after an investigation into the abuse and killing of their 27-year-old relative, who died because she was bound and eventually suffocated, officials said.
Nellie Ambert, 55, collected about $700 a month to care for her niece Gladys Ambert, was deaf, mute, intellectually disabled and had cerebral palsy, but instead tied her up every day, forcing her to urinate and defecate on herself, according to Orange County Sheriff ’s Office Detective Sgt. Joe Covelli.
Nellie Ambert, along with her daughter Jasmine Ambert, 32, and son Christian Matias, 18, initially alerted authorities that Gladys Ambert was missing April 7, claiming the 27-year-old woman had run away from home, Covelli said.
An hours-long OCSO search didn’t find her Gladys, but a security guard later found her body about 20 feet off Valencia College Lane, not far from the family’s apartment, Covelli said.
She was dead, covered in a blanket, and her body showed many marks that appeared to be from cords or rope tied around her, including on her abdomen, wrist and elbows, Covelli said.
An autopsy determined that she Gladys had died of “asphyxia by restraint compression to the abdomen,” the arrest warrant said, meaning she suffocated from being tied up.
She also had a cut on her lip and
Christian Matias, 18, Jasmine Ambert, 32, and Nellie Ambert, 55, were arrested after an investigation into the death of their family member, Gladys Ambert, who had an intellectual disability and cerebral palsy.