Man charged with luring child

- A man has been arrested in Orange County, accused of trying to lure a child.

Authorities said Eder Celestino Batista, 43, was doing construction work out in the Dr. Philips area when motioned for a child who was exercising outside to come over to his truck.  An arrest affidavit identifies Batista as having Brazilian citizenship.  The report states he asked the child, a 10-year old, for a kiss and "motioned with his two fingers on his cheeks while making a 'puckering' motion with his lips." 

The child did not go over to Batista, but instead, notified authorities.  Investigators spoke to the child and a maintenance worker from the gated community who was said to have witnessed the exchange between Batista and the child.  

Batista was arrested on a charge of luring and enticing a minor.  His bond was set at $500.

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