Nanny accused of child abuse appears in court

Posted at 11:49 AM, Aug 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-02 01:39:57-04

PARK CITY, Utah -- A Park City nanny accused of child abuse appeared in court on Wednesday.

Police arrested 31-year-old Aubrey Anderson in June following a seven month investigation. She is accused of abusing twins in her care.

Prosecutors called the twin's mother, Sarah Tueting, to the stand. She testified that she first notice the bruising on her daughter's face in mid January. According to Tueting, Anderson said the girl had hit her face on the side of the crib.

The mother testified that she told her husband and parents about the bruising, but did not report it to police because she "put too much trust in other people's experience."

"I never imagined anyone would hurt my child," Tueting said.

She testified she found additional bruising on her daughter's arms around January 30. Later, she said she discovered bruises and swelling on her son's legs. She took him to the hospital, where x-rays showed two fractures.

Police said they began their investigation after the suspicious injuries were reported by Primary Children's Medical Center.

In a letter to FOX 13, Anderson's attorney said her client is "absolutely innocent."

"The police initially said that there are four suspects," said Clayton Simms, Anderson's attorney. "There's never been any indication of somebody seeing somebody injure the children."

Simms said they are only prosecuting Anderson in this matter.

During the investigation, authorities found that Anderson has an outstanding Interpol warrant from Belgium. She is accused of similar abuse by a family that employed Anderson to cared for their twins.

Anderson said she admitting to harming a child in Belgium by accident and that the child had a bone disease.

Anderson said she fled Belgium because she feared the country's judicial system.

Anderson's passport has been taken and officials are working to resolve the case in Summit County before addressing the additional allegations in Belgium.

Sarah Tueting said they did a background check on Anderson, but limited it to a national check.

Both the prosecutors and the defense team will be calling a number of people to testify. The trial is expected to last at least through Wednesday.