Nanny convicted of abusing twins in Summit County
June 4, 2013
Aubrey Alta Anderson, age 32, was sentenced Monday on two felony counts of child abuse for breaking the ankles of a two-month old infant under her care. Anderson was working as a nanny for a family in the White Pine Canyon area just outside of Park City.
Anderson became the target of a child abuse investigation last February when doctors at Primary Children’s Medical Center discovered injuries to the tibular bones of both legs of an infant that Anderson cared for at night.
The parents of the child also reported that the child’s twin sister also had some unusual bruising on her face and arm. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into the injuries quickly focused on Anderson after detectives discovered that she was wanted in Belgium on similar charges.
Anderson was arrested in June of 2012 and charged by the Summit County Attorney’s Office with four counts of child abuse. In April of this year, she entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution in which she pled guilty to two counts of child abuse, each a third-degree felony, and the prosecution agreed to drop the other two counts.
She was sentenced on Monday to five years probation with Adult Probation and Parole and was given credit for the 360 days that she served in jail while the charges were pending.
As a condition of her probation, Anderson is prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 14.
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According to Summit County Attorney David Brickey, Anderson is also required to wear an ankle monitoring device while officials wait to hear the outcome of similar charges against Anderson in Belgium where she is accused of causing similar injuries to a pair of 16-day-old twins. She may face extradition to that country to stand for another trial.
Brickey said Anderson never confessed to the crime but did admit to "being a little rough" with the children. She billed herself as a "twin specialist" when looking for work.
Brickey added the case was especially "gut wrenching" because both he and the lead prosecuting attorney Matthew Bates have small children and they wanted to ensure that Anderson would not be able to victimize any more families.
–compiled by Nan Chalat-Noaker