For new parents, the thought of trusting a newborn child with someone they’ve never met before can be a horrifying idea. Unfortunately, for most people, it’s unavoidable if both parents have full time jobs.
Luckily, most fears of finding a nanny have been mitigated by the amount of research that parents can do into them to make sure they’re a good fit. That’s why this couple had no reason to think that their nanny would mistreat their child in any way. She came highly recommended and received excellent reviews. In fact, they believed that they had found the perfect match for their child.
It wasn’t until she saw bruises on her daughter’s feet that this mother began to grow concerned about the way that the nanny was treating her. That’s when she decided to install a nanny cam to see what was really going on when she wasn’t at home.
It soon became clear that the woman they had hired was mistreating their child in horrific ways. The footage that the camera captured is absolutely shocking, and is not for the faint of heart.
Signs of Abuse
Annemarie and Johan are a couple who live in Namibia, South Africa. When it became time to find someone to care for their newborn daughter, Laila, they did their research to make sure that they found the most qualified nanny to take care of her. They soon decided upon a woman named Nicolin Hoeses, who came highly recommended by Annemarie’s friends.
It wasn’t long after the nanny began working for them that Annemarie noticed something off about her daughter Laila. The concerned mother began noticing bruises on her neck, shoulders, and feet. Her husband
decided to stay home a few days to see if anything was wrong. That’s when he noticed that baby Laila seemed afraid of the nanny.
“I didn’t want to be a paranoid first-time mum, and I didn’t want to confront the nanny as I had no proof. I did not want to make her angry towards me and put my child in danger. It was very difficult to leave each morning to go to work,” Annemarie said of the experience.
But it turns out she was right to worry.
The nanny told Annemarie and Johan that Laila had sustained her injuries in a fall. Reports indicate that the baby had an injury and that her eyes were swollen from so much crying. However, Annemarie didn’t take this at face value. The new mom decided to find out the truth for herself by installing a nanny cam.
When they reviewed the footage, Annemarie and Johan were forced to watch as their baby was harshly abused. They watched in horror as the woman that they hired to care for their daughter inflicted harm upon the young child.
In the footage, the nanny carries Laila around the room by her neck. She then throws Laila into the crib as though she were a bag of sand, face first. The nanny seems completely emotionless as she turns to leave the room, even though Laila’s cries are intense and heartbreaking. After leaving the room, the nanny returns and grabs Laila by the leg, carrying her upside down as though she were a doll.
Calling On Authorities
Annemarie was forced to act like nothing was wrong as she reported the Nanny to the proper authorities in order to ensure that no one else would have to go through what she and her family were enduring. Luckily, with proof of the abuse, the nanny was prosecuted.
Annemarie also opened up about her experience on Facebook:
“My precious baby Laila Danae please know we love you endlessly and we are SO SO sorry for what you have been through!! We thank the Lord for His protection and faithfulness, that you are still alive and still such a shining ray of light to so many people – you are so loved!! Out of the depth of our hearts Johan and I want to thank EVERYONE (family, old friends, new friends and total strangers) for ALL their love, support, calls, messages and prayers during this time!!!”
She has also been using Facebook as a platform to reach out to others whose children have been gone through abuse.
As for the abusive nanny, she was arrested and denied bail in court. In addition to this, other parents who had hired her in the past are working with a therapist to see if their children were also victimized by this nanny’s abuse.
Read more about Annemarie’s experience here.
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