Nanny Charged With Child Endangerment On L.I.

Police: Mother Watches Live Nanny Cam Stream In Horror

LAUREL HOLLOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — She was hired to take care of an infant, but now she’s being charged with assault.

A Long Island mother said she watched her nanny cam in horror as her nanny illegally forced medication down her 4-month-old baby’s throat.

The nanny was fired and arrested, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reports.

Anneliese Brucato, 48, hung her head; her distraught sobs later filled a courtroom. She offered no explanation why, but prosecutors said the nanny admitted to forcing what is being described as a generic brand of liquid Benadryl down the throat of the infant.

Police tell 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera a nanny-cam caught the suspect giving a child medication illegally

“Thank goodness the baby is okay — that is all we are saying,” defense attorney Cary David Kessler said.

According to investigators, the nanny bought antihistamine medication at a Rite Aid. The pharmacist said diphenhydramine is never to be used in children under 4 years of age and that it says so clearly on the packaging.

Police claim the nanny secreted the allergy medicine — along with an eyedropper — inside the Laurel Hollow home where the nanny was hired six weeks ago.

When the mom recently returned to work, she set up computer cameras to keep an eye on her baby, never dreaming that the nanny who came with such glowing references would allegedly put her baby’s life at risk.

“She took this dropper, placed it into a substance, a bottle which she took out of her pants, took some of that liquid and administered it to baby who was laying on table,” Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Kevin Smith said.

Police said the incident was witnessed on a live video feed, but the family had surveillance footage recording on their computer. Going back over images it appears detectives said the nanny may have done this three other times — to make the baby drowsy, against the wishes of the parents. Doctors said the allergy medicine could have caused seizures, convulsions, even death.

“It should never be used by a nanny — even a parent — without some medical advice, because a little bit of something to a very young baby can be an overwhelming overdose,” said Dr. Michael Frogel of Nassau University Medical Center.

Brucato is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She will be back in court on Wednesday.

The infant girl was examined and is doing fine.

Investigators are reaching out to families who employed Brucato over the past 10 years, trying to determine if there were other incidents. She’s being held on $30,000 bond.

Are you afraid of leaving your children with nanny? Who do you have watch your kids? Comment in the section below

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  • lbbaber

    She is a single mom….i read it on another site.

  • Johnny Handsome

    Sad world we live in. No longer can a family make it on 1 income. We are left to leave our children with complete strangers. The grow up to be anti-social little snot rags. There is no family anymore. This just goes to show that the party the preaches family values is once again using the George Orwell meaning of the word. its time to shut it down and start over again. 2012 can’t get here soon enough – and I don’t mean the elections. I mean the end of human life as we know it.

  • dmadison

    if u need two incomes then don’t have kids
    they just want to be able to say “my nanny, my maid” it makes them feel “rich” to own a slave

    • Erika

      The difference between a Slave and say a nanny is that a slave doesn’t get paid. Not all nannies are bad people.

    • reader

      the story doesn’t mention a husband, thus she may be a single mom – but, of course, once an idiots make up his mind to speak, it’s too late for reading lessons.

  • Vinny

    Hidden Camera in the house are creepy
    Paranoid Parents are annoying

  • TomNJ

    Looks like Iggy Pop in drag

  • ABergman

    ‘http; //’ BE SMART, KIDS NEED US.

  • liwingnut

    DId the cops throw her a couple of punches ? That face looks beat up.

  • Patrick F

    It seems like auation mis-communication deal. Why did the parents address the situation after reviewing the first incident ? Whatever, be the result in the findings, I am really very happy to know that the baby is well and in good health.

  • Michelle

    She does not have a right to privacy when she is an employee on the job. Does a Starbucks worker have the right to privacy when the camera catches them taking money from the register?

  • My eyes hurt

    Wow. Liz Phair is NOT aging well.

  • Joe Quimby

    No one can take of your kid like you. Trust no one.

    • Marie

      There is also the case that the Nanny brain washed the parents and when good people tell the parents there is something wrong with their Nanny, the pararents turn around at you and they tell you that you harrassing their Nanny as well as the children. Then when there is camara and they see it with their own two eyes they believe you. Meanwhile they put their own children and risk.

      • My opinion

        Maybe the IRS and the government should check her out. I bet she was collecting disability and working on the side as a nanny.

  • Shawn English

    Maybe it’s time we “fix” our country so one parent is able to stay home to care and nurture their own children. I had to do without so many things just to stay home until my third (youngest) child went to first grade. It was a loving home but without many extras. Christmas and Birthdays were “slim” but they remember them with fond memories. Parents want too much and think that all kids need xbox and cell phones etc. They grow up so fast, so you had ’em,..take care of ’em!!!!

    • drabsqns

      We need two incomes just to pay the bills. I’d love to stay home,l but cannot. Our birthdays and holidays are slim now with 2 incomes.

  • Johnny

    Why don’t the parents just take care of their own kids instead of paying strangers to do it for them.

    • Joni Arroyo Jefferson

      Some people are idiots…you complain because you think she should stay home and take care of the kid…but then if she did and was single mother and needed government aid…like welfare to assist in paying her bills…then people complain that she should get a job.

    • reason

      You are the biggest moron alive. today people need 2 incomes. it has nothing to do with the parenting skills, or the parent “paying a stranger to do it for them” you obviously have no kids.

      • Johnny

        I’m a moron? I’m sure having a nanny takes a huge chunk of that second income you speak of not to mention the time wasted spying on a nanny via live video feeds. If you took the time to have kids, perhaps you should share in the difficult tasks associated with raising them instead of paying others to do it for you.

    • Gregg

      unfortunatly sometimes both parents have to work in todays bad economy !Plenty of good nannys out there, but you do want to be sure !

      • Earth to Gregg

        Um, they live in Laurel Hollow for cornssakes! They could easily move to a less expensive area and not have both parents working.

  • Gregg

    As someone who provides hidden nanny type cameras, I admire when a parent sets up these precautions. Hopefully this was an innocent misunderstanding and if not God forbid ,there will be evidence.

  • Investigate the parents

    Who leaves their kid with a woman that looks like that? I wouldn’t even want to be alone with her, let alone leaving my child.

  • Lieutenantdan

    She has no legal authority to do this, she should have called the parents.
    She looks not right in this picture.Maybe EDP.

  • Mr. Armenia

    The arrest should be tossed out.

    The video violates the privacy act.

    • Joni Arroyo Jefferson

      No it doesn’t…it has no sound…and it was in there own home. They have the right.

    • Michael H.

      Privacy? She has no right to privacy in somebody else’s home.

    • RS

      Privacy? Why does everyone always go after the victim instead of the perpetrator. Shame on you defending this person over the protection of a child!

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