Babysitter Arraigned Day After Vanishing With Manhattan Baby; Many Questions Unanswered

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The babysitter who vanished with a Manhattan child in her care for several tense hours Wednesday was arraigned Thursday evening.

Beatriz Rios, 46, had bail set at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash at Manhattan Criminal Court. An order of protection was also issued for 17-month-old Annabelle Ceria along with her father and mother.

Unable to post her cash bail, Rios is spending the night at Rikers Island, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.  Rios’ family expects to post her bail Friday morning.

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Rios was taken into custody and arrested Wednesday after the baby’s parents, Melissa and Arthur Ceria, spent hours waiting nervously and praying. Then, around 5:40 p.m., the child and babysitter arrived home, allowing young Annabelle’s parents to breathe a sigh of relief.

But there are still more questions than answers: Where did Rios and the baby go? Why did they disappear?

CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman posed those questions to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

“Inconsistent statements have been put out by the woman, but obviously the investigation is continuing,” Kelly said. “She said that she got lost on the subway and she also said that she was in Central Park and she was robbed or her purse was taken and her phone was in the purse and she wasn’t able to call and I believe there were other statements as well.”

However, Rios’ lawyer is calling the situation a misunderstanding, saying that his client speaks little English and never made it to the morning play date with the little girl because her cellphone, purse and the baby’s stroller were  stolen.

Rios was taken to a hospital, believed to be Bellevue, for an evaluation, prior to appearing in criminal court on the charges of endangering the child and taking her without permission.

The family’s driver, Barry Cintron, was in the room when Rios returned and she tried explaining her absence.

“A guy and a man got next to her, took her jacket, the stroller, her purse and walked away,” he said, describing Rios’ alleged claims about being in Central Park.

According to the criminal complaint, Rios was hired by the Ceria family about four years ago to be a caretaker for their children.

The complaint also states that Rios told the family that she was robbed of the child’s stroller and her own property, including her coat, purse and jewelry.

Upon being shown videotape of Rios allegedly walking in Manhattan with the child, she said that she was beginning to doubt that she was robbed, the complaint said.

Rios’ next court will be on Dec. 6.

What do you make of the babysitter’s story?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

  • takiya

    I think her story is bogus because honestly who in the hell steals a stroller. How are you gonna run away with a stroller. and if she was robbed when didn’t she go to the police. I know she knows how to dail 911 . I just doesn’t sound right. I think she was gonna try to do something to that child thank God she got back safe

  • Efrain

    I want to know, if the parents who hire her, paid her by check, and the payroll taxes to the government. They treated her like if she was a criminal, so the whole pictture needs to be revealed here. Who was this ? Bad Lady, that had to spend a night in jail, and why was she your babysitter in the first place. Let’s find out, since they had her put in jail. It is only fair!

  • Daniela

    I can understand the parents’ worry, but bringing charges of imprisonment of a child is an exaggeration. Sometimes incidents such as getting lost or getting mugged happens in a city like this. Before creating this media frenzy, the parents should have learned from the bAbysitter what exactly happened. For goodness’ sake! She worked with them for 4 years! Now her reputation is on the ground, even if it was a misunderstanding. domestic workers are not given the respect and appreciation they deserve. Without them, white-collar workers would not be able to go make the inflated salaries they make.

  • MEME

    It sounds like the parents overreacted because the nanny came home late. They waited until after 4:00 pm to report the child missing because the nanny wasn’t home on time, but they claim the nanny was missing for 8 hours, it is very possible that the nanny could’ve gotten lost, if it turns out the nanny was telling the truth, I hope she sues the parents for every penny. And best believe if these weren’t rich white people from the Upper East Side, this story would have never made the news.

  • Mike

    When you trust an ILLEGAL ALIEN to care for your Children, you are playing Russian Roulette with that childs life ! Where did this felon go for 8 hours with the Child? Was she on drugs and lost the coat and stroller? The Police have tape on her wanderings, lets see the video of where this cretin took the Child! I say Illegal because the Woman has to speak thru Spanish translaters!

  • Efrain

    The baby was ok, but she has worked for that family for four years,so she was no stranger, I wonder what the family was thinking, if the woman did not speak much english, how have they communicated with her before. So now she is in jail, but I hope they do find out what happened. What should she get ten years?


      Ten years sounds about fair.

  • Efrain

    They knew this woman for four years, and she went missing for eight hours, but the baby was ok. I am wondering why the family needed her to go to jail, since they knew her that long. This sounds like the family never trusted her at all, but I could understand, with the baby missing. I wonder about the family, and how they hired a woman who did not speak much english, and was she hired by contract, and did they pay her payroll taxes? Is this whole set up legal, or illegal?


      The baby was OK so it’s perfectly fine for the babysitter to disappear with her for 8 hours? You’re a very foolish person and should never be around babies.

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