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Do Recent Cases of Nanny Abuse Worry You as a Parent?

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 nannys 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. 

Harry Gio February 09, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Nobody can be trusted, which is why ALL homes should have cameras - INSIDE and OUT.
Harry Gio February 09, 2013 at 02:18 PM
This video is VERY disturbing!!!!!!! That nanny should be fed to tigers at the zoo - and shown on the evening news!
lucas February 09, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Did the parents check references before hiring her?
Erin Krex February 10, 2013 at 05:16 PM
These stories truly stop me in my tracks not just because my job is to connect nannies and families, but because I am a parent who trusts others to watch my child. But I have to agree with the person here who asks about references because that is SO important-- and background checks. Parents MUST do these and reputable agencies like ours --Northbrook based First Class Care-- can help. Parents--PLEASE work with an agency who can help you through the process and ALWAYS trust your instinct.
sherri keller April 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Consider the life and outlook on life of the nanny as well I would think. Is it someone who has a life, family, fun etc outside of work, or is it some lonely person that only works hard caregiving for the demanding nature of the position for very little money and recognition and nothing to look forward to? A person happy with their life, who feel generally loved, supported, and feel they are doing what they are called to do as opposed to just trying to survive is probably less likely to snap under pressure when they might get blamed for a child acting up, refusing to eat etc. Most nanny's I have met are poor and living to work, not working to live, and not treated with much respect while the parents of these kids are often living the good life financially, socially, etc.

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