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?
by MJP76February 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM
Never needed one, myself or DH has always stayed home with the children.
BUT yes, I would recommend a nanny cam to anyone who has a babysitter.. Although I am a firm believer in one parent staying home with small children.
by llacourdFebruary 6, 2013 at 11:08 PMI would put one up in a heart beat. Actually we have cameras in our doorways to the outside and living room. We don't use then often but it's our house and we have the right to know what goes on when we are not here.
by EmmaZateFebruary 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM
I would definately put a nany cam in my house. And I have thought about it every time I needed a sitter. Its only illegal to video someone in their home without their permission. In public or your own home you can video anything you want. If its pornographic in nature you probably have to have signed paperwork, but the nany cam would double as a security camera, so that is perfectly legal.
February 7, 2013 at 1:37 AM
Oh my goodness, excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor!!!! This breaks my heart, that poor baby. I would hope that I never have to instal a nanny cam but if I thought something was going on, I'd do it in a heartbeat and not think twice about it.
by dougiesmomFebruary 7, 2013 at 1:43 AM
I don't even have a nanny, and I have though about installing one in the kids' bathroom just to see what in the world it is they're doing in there to get toothpaste on the ceiling, and water all over the four walls!
Relating to the actual post, that is horrible, and why I'm so nervous about leaving my kids with anyone but my mom. (And I won't watch the video; I wouldn't sleep for a week if I did.) Now that they're older, and could tell me if anything bad happened, I guess I should be less nervous, but I'm not. Better safe than sorry, I guess.