Grover Beach babysitter arrested for abuse after child goes missing

Amelia Arroyo-Colin

After Grover Beach police found an abandoned child on Tuesday, officers arrested a babysitter on charges of neglect and corporal punishment.

The investigation also led to authorities to take an additional five children into protective custody.  Authorities later released the children to relatives of the woman police arrested.

About 12:35 p.m., Grover Beach police were notified of a child who was found in the 1400 block of Longbranch Avenue. Police initially indicated the child was between the ages of three and five.

Officers arrived at the scene and took the child into protective custody. Police then conducted a door-to-door search in the surrounding area, and at about 2 p.m., officers located the babysitter, 26-year-old Amelia Arroyo-Colin, at her Grover Beach home.

Police continued the investigation with assistance from Child Welfare Services personnel, and took the additional five young children into custody. Authorities eventually turned over the first child to her parents, and the other five children were released to relatives of Arroyo-Colin, a police department press release states.

Officers booked Arroyo-Colin in San Luis Obispo County Jail on a felony charge of abandonment and neglect of children and a felony charge of inflicting corporal injury upon a child. Arroyo-Colin remains in custody with her bail set at $100,000.

Grover Beach police ask anyone who has additional information about the case to call Detective Nelida Aceves at (805) 473-4511. Anonymous informants can call Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP or leave a tip on their website at slotips.org.

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