Utah woman who allegedly abused infants under her care then fled Belgium will return to face charges
SALT LAKE CITY – A woman who formerly worked as a nanny in Park City and who pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse after infant twins in her care were found with injuries will be extradited to Belgium to face charges she abused another pair of twins who were in her care.
Aubrey Alta Anderson pleaded guilty in connection with the Utah case after 2-month-old twins in her care suffered bruises and broken bones, and she was ordered to serve five years on probation. She had already served nearly a year in prison prior to being sentenced.
At the time of her arrest in 2012, Utah officials said Anderson was wanted in connection with a child abuse investigation in Belgium, which also involved infant twins.
According to a certification of extraditabilty filed in court Wednesday, the Belgian government requested she be extradited to Belgium to face two counts of assault and battery of minor children while under her care as an Au-pair. An Au pair is someone from a foreign country working for and living as part of a host family, generally doing domestic work and helping with childcare.
Another court document filed in January offers more details about the allegations against Anderson. The document alleges that in May and June of 2011, the family Anderson was working for noticed injuries to the newborn twins, including a limp arm, a bruised cheek and later swelling. Anderson allegedly gave excuses, saying she grabbed one child’s arm by reflex during a fall and that the other child had hit herself in the face, causing the bruise.
A doctor found one infant had a fractured arm and the other had two fractures in the left arm–one old and one new. The doctors also found several micro fractures to the ankles and wrists, which they determined were likely caused by abuse.
The family took the children to a hospital, and while they were gone Anderson gathered up her belongings, went to the family’s second home in Luxemburg to collect other possessions and on June 8 “…took the first available flight to the United States and wrote the [family] an email saying that she could not stay and had to go home. The same day, the [family] filed a formal complaint against Anderson.”
The filing states the charges are an extraditable offense and that Anderson, “has stipulated that there is probable cause to believe that she committed the offenses for which extradition is sought.”
Anderson and any evidence seized incidental to her arrest will be transferred to the custody of Belgian agents once the warrant of surrender has been signed by the Secretary of State and the logistics of the exchange are worked out.