How HORRIBLE is this! A nanny was recently caught on camera abusing an 8-month-old baby girl in Upington.
WATCH: THIS HORRIBLE VIDEO WAS SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA
And to make things even worse, the parents found out about the abuse after the video of their little girl was shared on social media.
The baby girl’s father said they were shocked when they saw the video and immediately opened a case of assault and abuse.
In the video, the nanny is heard laughing and chatting on the phone, and the baby girl is next to her on the floor. As the baby starts crying, the nanny is seen putting her foot on the baby’s face, and as the baby starts crying more, the nanny puts her toes in the baby’s mouth.
POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE NANNY
“It is unfortunate that we found out about the abuse and the video after the nanny had left the month before. She fled. We need to find her now.”
According to the police spokesperson Sergeant Omphile Masegela, a case of assault is being investigated.
“The Commander of Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences in Upington, Captain Koos Van Den Heever, is appealing to the public to assist in tracing a person of interest by the name of Clarise Chitauri.”
DO YOU HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NANNY?
Masegela said it is believed the nanny left Upington end of March before the parents of the child became aware of the video.
“The woman is a Zimbabwean National and could possibly be in the area of Kimberley or Warrenton where her mother is reported to be staying.”
Any person with information can contact the investigating officer on this case, Sergeant Lebogang Mokwene on 081 018 7754 or 082 302 0442
HOW CAN I TELL WHETHER MY CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?
If your child spends any amount of time away from you – whether it’s with a babysitter, with a trusted family friend or relative, or at daycare – it’s natural to be concerned about his safety. And like any parent, you’ve probably wondered whether you’d be able to tell if your child was being mistreated.
Some parents mistakenly overlook signs of abuse because they don’t want to face what’s happening. Most abusers are family members, which makes the situation even harder to accept. On the other hand, even when you do keep an eye out for the physical symptoms and behavioral changes that may point to abuse, it can be tricky to figure out exactly what’s going on.
A child who has been physically abused may:
- Cry and put up a fight when it’s time to go to daycare or a sitter’s or appear frightened around the caregiver or other adults. (Of course, this could also be a normal reaction to separation. Again, you’ll need to factor in other things, including your instincts.)
- Show other sudden changes in behavior or performance at daycare or school.
- Come home with unexplained bruises, abrasions, burns, broken bones, black eyes, cuts, bite marks, or other injuries. Repeated injuries of any type are a warning sign. Any rib fracture, long bone fracture, or bruising in a baby who isn’t yet walking or very mobile should raise concerns about abuse.
If your child is still a baby, learn the signs of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) – which doctors call abusive head trauma. Read our complete article on SBS.