LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — A  20-year-old babysitter who was allegedly caught on camera trying to smother the 13-month-old infant in her care is set to make her first court appearance Friday morning, according to Livermore Police.

Authorities this week announced that 20-year-old Moriah Gonzales of Livermore was arrested Feb. 19 on suspicion of felony child abuse.

Officers on Feb. 18 initiated an investigation into a report of the physical child abuse of a 13-month-old infant by the family’s caretaker. Following an investigation into the alleged child abuse, detectives arrested Gonzales.

Livermore police confirmed to KPIX 5 that evidence against Gonzales included video from a hidden “nanny camera” that showed the babysitter allegedly attempting to smother the infant.

Authorities said that the video would not be released due to the ongoing investigation.

Gonzales is scheduled to appear in Alameda County Superior Court to enter a plea on Friday morning at 9 a.m.

Detectives learned Gonzalez had advertised her care taking services on Care.com, and police are asking anyone who used her services or knows someone who used her services is asked to call the Livermore Police Department at (925) 294-7531.

Care.com released a statement after Gonzalez’s arrest was made public.

“We are deeply troubled by this incident and our thoughts are with the family,” the statement read. “The safety of our community is of paramount importance to us and we have proactively contacted local law enforcement to provide whatever assistance we can in this matter.”

Police said the investigation in ongoing and is sensitive in nature, so additional information was being released at this time.

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