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Arrest Made in Missing Child Case

Aurora Police Arrest Mother in Missing Child Case
Posted on 06/01/2023

(June 1, 2023) – The Aurora Police Department has arrested an Aurora woman following an investigation into a report of a missing 5-year-old girl.

Alexus Tanielle Nelson, 27, was arrested earlier this week on one charge of attempting to influence a public servant. Charges of child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a deceased human body and tampering with physical evidence were added Thursday after Crimes Against Children detectives located human remains of a child in Nelson’s apartment.

The missing child is not being identified because she is a minor. Investigators are awaiting scientific confirmation and positive identification by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

The charges stem from about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, when Aurora911 received a call from an out of state person who reported their daughter, Nelson, had made concerning statements to them by text. The caller also raised concerns about the safety of their granddaughter.

Officers responded to Nelson’s apartment in the 1000 block of South Elkhart Way. Nelson told police she gave her daughter up for adoption but couldn’t provide officers with any records. Investigators couldn’t independently verify the adoption through state records, prompting Nelson’s initial arrest for attempting to influence a public servant.

Nelson is being held on $100,000 bond at the Arapahoe County Detention Center.

The investigation remains active. Anyone with any information about this case is urged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer

Alexus Nelson booking photo.

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