I guess this is why nanny cams were invented. A Staten Island mom suspected something was up with her babysitter and had a hidden camera installed in her carbon monoxide detector. She said she was going to the store one afternoon in late January, but really, she went to a nearby location to watch the nanny cam feed. Shortly after she left, the nanny gave the 5-month-old baby a bottle, then began hitting it across the face and shaking the infant when it refused to be fed.
The mother then rushed home and called the police.
Their nanny, a 52-year-old Uzbekistan-native, put up a fight the next day when the cops showed up, but was ultimately arrested. She's been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest -- she's currently being held in jail.
Even though this story is horrifying, it serves as a good reminder to follow your instincts. This mom knew something was up and wasn't shy about installing a hidden camera and getting the sad evidence she needed so that the nanny could pay for her crimes.
Granted, I don't know why the mom didn't just fire the woman the second she thought there was anything wrong, but I imagine she had a good reason to take the nanny-cam route.
Regardless, there's a happy ending. The kids are now safe and the nanny is behind bars ... all thanks to a mother's intuition.
The video evidence of the abuse is hard to watch, so be warned.
Would you ever install a nanny cam?
February 8, 2013 at 7:14 AM
I honestly dont know how that Mom kept it together after seeing that being done to her child! I'd smack her as soon as I walk into the house. Then lock her into a room (for her own safety and my sanity) whilst I wait for the cops to come... I'd be LIVID! This just brings out Momma Bear in me!!
oh, i can't watch that video, steph, knowing the description. i would just hire someone i know and trust and not use the camera because i wouldnt want to be filmed if it were me. but when i looked at daycares i felt that i wished the whole day was filmed just so i could watch it later and not miss out.