HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Disturbing abuse allegations have surfaced after a nanny was caught on tape allegedly hitting and then kicking a 6-month-old baby.
It happened in a posh Hoboken condo complex, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
Police said the couple, who lives inside Maxwell Place, never suspected their nanny was hurting their child. Still, they set up a surveillance camera inside a digital clock in their living room. What they saw, detectives said, made them sick.
“The child started to cry and got struck a few times on the arm by the nanny. It continued to cry and the nanny struck the rear area where the diaper was and kicked the infant,” Hoboken Police Detective Sgt. Anthony Falco said.
And that’s not all. Investigators said before kicking the baby, the nanny dropped the infant on a blanket.
A doorwoman told Sloan on Thursday that the baby’s parents didn’t want to talk. However, moms and nannies reading about the news were thankful the baby has no serious injuries, but said they were also disgusted.
“What can a 6-month-old baby do for you to kick the baby?” nanny Elsa Dantes said.
The couple used a website — SitterCity.com — to find the nanny, identified as 22-year-old Dechen Kyiden. Police said she’s from the People’s Republic of China.
In statement, SitterCity.com said: “Upon learning of this incident, we immediately terminated Ms. Kyiden’s account and notified anyone who has had contact with her about the termination.”
Ian and Michelle O’Keefe have twins about the same age. They said they’re using various websites to find a nanny.
“It is nerve wracking,” Michelle O’Keefe said.
“At the end of the day you have to trust your gut,” Ian O’Keefe said.
SitterCity.com does background checks, but police said the family didn’t opt for one.
Top nanny agencies also do fingerprinting and international background checks. They recommend parents interview references.
SitterCity.com said they help parents do background checks for $9.99.
Police have issued a warrant for Kyiden. They said she lives in Queens.
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