Two-year-old El Dorado County boy found dead, father faces murder charges
A two-year old boy missing on Saturday after he had been taken by his father from his Shingle Springs home has been found dead, authorities said.
The body of two-year-old Andrew Bailey was discovered Saturday evening in Martell, a town in Amador County, said Sgt. Bryan Golmitz, spokesman for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
The boy’s body was discovered at around 6 p.m. There are unconfirmed reports the body was found inside a Dumpster near a shopping center. Golmitz could not confirm where the body was discovered, adding that he has heard conflicting reports.
The suspect, Charles Bailey, 50, was arrested Saturday morning in Sonora by Tuolumne County authorities after an Amber Alert was issued. The two-year-old, who is Bailey’s son, was not with Bailey at the time of the arrest and a search for the boy began over three counties, Golmitz said.
Investigators from El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Amador County Sheriff’s Office, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are working together on this case, with the FBI bringing its its own CSI unit, Golmitz said.
“It would appear he (Bailey) is the prime suspect in the death of the two-year-old boy,” Golmitz said by telephone tonight.
An Amber Alert was issued after authorities were called to the scene of a domestic dispute in the Shingle Springs area. Bailey was sought for attempted murder in the domestic violence assault. The battery victim, Bailey’s girlfriend and the mother of the dead child, remains hospitalized.