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In Light of National Nanny Abuse Cases, Should Parents be Concerned?

A recent case of a nanny hitting a 5-month-old has parents concerned for their own child's safety. Of course, there are good caregivers out there. Patch wondered: Do you trust your child's nanny?

It's a nightmare for parents to think about: leaving your child in the care of a trusted nanny to later discover abuse is occuring in your own home.  That nightmare came true for a Staten Island family this week. Their nanny was arrested after being caught on hidden camera slapping and punching a five-month-old baby,the Huffington Post reports.

Mamura Nasirova, 52, is seen on the video slapping the baby in the face and punching it in the leg after refusing to take a bottle. The mother installed the camera because she was suspicious of the nanny's recent behavior, the news website reports. 

There have been several incidents of child abuse by nannies in the news recently. A New York City nanny is accused of stabbed two young children she was caring to death before turning the knife on herself, CBS New York reports. She has pled not guilty to murder. 

Nanny Jeannine Campbell of Jacksonville, Fla. was sentenced to eight years in prison for violently abusing an 11-month-old baby after the incident was caught on hidden camera, First Coast News reports. 

Do you trust your children to be in the care of nannies? Would you ever install a hidden camera in your home to monitor them? Tell us in the comments section. 

gigi canavan February 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Yes. I ran a licensed home daycare out of my home for years. I still think about the wonderful times I spent with my children, but I think we all need to get to know each other. Home-daycare is personal and provides a personal and intimate relationship with the parents. i would see many parents in a hurry and would not spend the time learning about our day. All I can say is get to know your provider. she is taking care of your child a large majority of the time. Her values and knowledge are important.
Stephanie Felzenberg February 10, 2013 at 01:40 PM
The best defense against child endangerment is for parents to do conduct comprehensive interviews, run diligent background checks, criminal checks, and speak personally with nanny candidate's references. The goal is to never have the need for nanny cams in the first place. Nannies often complain about the use of nanny cams but I wonder if it wouldn't be smart to insist on the use of nanny cams to protect ourselves from suspicion of abuse or theft? Wouldn't it be better if we had proof that when a baby trips and bruises himself at play or if the mother misplaces jewelry, that the proof were on video surveillance and the nanny wouldn't be suspect? As long as the parents are upfront about use of nanny cams in public areas of their homes and never use nanny cams in personal areas such as the bathroom or caregiver's bedroom it might actually protect caregivers from suspicion. Even after conducting thorough interviews, background checks, and reference checks some parents may still feel uneasy or suspicious leaving their children alone at home with a new caregiver or worry about damages to their homes or theft of personal property. Whether nannies and au pairs like it or not, video surveillance is a part of our work place. Plus, the development of new technologies is something that we must accept. http://bestnannynewsletter.blogspot.com/2013/02/should-nannies-insist-on-use-of-nanny.html
Vicky Kujawa February 12, 2013 at 07:42 PM
It was a huge sacrifice (but at the same time, also very rewarding), but I chose to stay at home with my boys; that way I never had to worry about the care that they were getting.

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