PLACERVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) — A Placerville woman, who fostered and adopted several children, was arrested in connection with torturing children and child sex abuse, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Patricia Taylor, 63, was taken into custody after a weeks-long investigation into claims of years of child abuse, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation began in mid-April when Taylor’s 14-year-old adoptive daughter ran away from her home and to her older sister’s home, the sheriff’s office said. The teen feared she was going to be punished by Taylor and continued to describe years of prior abuse.

Deputies and El Dorado County Child Protective Services were called to the scene and began interviewing Taylor’s other adopted daughters.

The sheriff’s office said Taylor was an adoptive parent to four girls, ages 11 to 16, at the time. Previously, Taylor fostered and adopted several other children, who have since become adults and moved out.

While talking to the girls currently living at Taylor’s home, officials learned about “years of child abuse, torture, false imprisonment, as well as lewd and lascivious behavior at the hands of Taylor,” the sheriff’s office said.

Taylor was arrested on charges of torture, five counts of child abuse likely to cause injury or death, three counts of false imprisonment, two counts of willful cruelty to a child and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child under 14, the sheriff’s office said. She was booked into El Dorado County Jail, with bail set at $1.4 million.

“The children in this case are all safe and are in protective custody,” the sheriff’s office said.

This story originally appeared on KCRA.

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