Summit County nanny arrested for child abuse
June 8, 2012
A nanny for a Summit County family was arrested on Thursday and charged with abuse of infant twins following a five-month long investigation by the Summit County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Summit County Detective Sergeant Ron Bridge, Aubrey Alta Anderson, 31, a Salt Lake City resident, was booked into the Summit County Jail on two counts of felony child abuse and one count of misdemeanor child abuse.
In a statement from the Sheriff’s office, authorities were made aware of the possible child abuse when suspicious injuries were found on the two infants during an examination by medical staff at Primary Children’s Hospital in June.
Bridge said that Anderson advertised herself as an infant child care specialist and certified nurse’s assistant. She had placed ads on several nanny websites and accepted work around the world.
In the statement, Bridge said that during the investigation, "detectives learned that an active case of child abuse was being investigated by authorities in Belgium" and that Anderson may be a fugitive of Belgium’s justice system.
Anderson fled Belgium, according to Bridge, when it was discovered that the two infants she was caring for there had multiple bone fractures.
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Summit County Lieutenant John Lange said that this case serves as a strong reminder to any family seeking child care to complete a proper background check.
"Families may be under the misconception that if a person is listed on an official website, this makes them certified or credible, which is not the case generally," he said.
The Sheriff’s office is continuing its investigation and reaching out to other families that may have hired Anderson.