SACRAMENTO -- Charles A. Bailey was booked Sunday into the El Dorado County jail as a homicide suspect in connection with the death of his 2-year-old son, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Bryan Golmitz said.
Also, his ex-wife in Southern California said she was shocked by news of the incident and described Bailey on Sunday as a kind family man.
Andrew Bailey's body was found Saturday evening near a small creek behind a Kmart in the Amador County hamlet of Martell.
Fifty-year-old Charles Bailey is suspected of going on a rampage early Saturday morning, attacking his girlfriend with an ax at her Shingle Springs home on Wild Turkey Drive, then kidnapping their son and fleeing south. El Dorado County authorities responded to a domestic violence call around 6 a.m.
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Bailey was taken into custody around noon Saturday at a Sonora gas station by the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department after deputies identified him through an Amber Alert for the child, issued by El Dorado County authorities.
The little boy's body was discovered about six hours after Bailey's arrest, following a four-county manhunt. The Martell crime scene was processed by FBI agents at the request of the El Dorado and Amador sheriffs.
Bailey's girlfriend, not yet identified by authorities, was taken to Mercy Hospital of Folsom. The hospital refused to say what her condition was Sunday.
The woman did, however, telephone Bailey's ex-wife in Southern California around noon Sunday and told her what had happened.
Ex-wife Betsey Bailey, reached by telephone at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne immediately after she had talked to Bailey's girlfriend, said she and her son by Charles Bailey – their only child – "are so upset, I can't talk now. I've got to go and be with my son."
Before she hung up, however, she said Charles Bailey is "quiet and friendly. He loved to help people. My whole family loves him. He visits us often, and we're all glad to see him."
Betsey Bailey described the physical condition of her ex-husband's girlfriend as "all right."
A man's voice in the background could be heard urging her to "get rid of the reporter. Don't talk to him. It could be bad for Charles."
Golmitz said Bailey, who has lived at various addresses in the Sacramento and Southern California areas, had attacked his girlfriend with an ax, then fled in a white Honda Passport with the child.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Andrew, and 70 volunteers, along with helicopters and K-9 units, responded.
The boy's body was found behind the Kmart on Wicklow Way in Martell, between San Andreas and Sutter Creek.
At the El Dorado County jail in Placerville on Sunday, Bailey de- clined an interview with a Bee reporter, saying, via a sheriff's deputy, that he didn't want to talk to any media.
News trucks came and went through the hilly rural neighborhood where Saturday's violence began. On the gravel driveway of the house on Wild Turkey Drive where Bailey allegedly attacked his girlfriend, a weeping woman said the family had no interest in being interviewed.