Nanny cam to the rescue.
A North Carolina couple tuned into their nanny cam to check on their 2-year-old son — and were horrified by what they saw.
Max Oglesby and his wife, Laura, were shocked and bewildered when they spied their son Declan appearing to be force-fed by his nanny, Lauren Rowe.
Rowe could be seen holding the toddler’s hands behind his back as she thrust food into his mouth.
Declan screamed and kicked in his high chair as Rowe held his wrists down and fed him pieces of chicken pot pie. Declan shouted “NO!” and “DADDY!” during the traumatic ordeal. She told him repeatedly to “eat his food” as he sobbed for his parents.
“We are learning today,” Rowe was seen screaming at the youngster in the clip. “You need to learn that you need to eat your food, and then we can be all done.”
The footage also showed Rowe talking to someone on the phone, saying, “If we didn’t control our 2-year-old, he would walk all over us.”
The Oglesbys, who shared the video on Facebook, alerted the cops.
“I wanted to kick her ass,” Laura, Declan’s stepmother, told WITN-TV. “I wanted to come here and pin her down and I wanted to put food in her mouth.”
Authorities arrested Rowe and charged her with misdemeanor child abuse. She was released after posting a $2,500 bond; her court hearing is set for Nov. 8.
On Facebook, Laura wrote that the couple was “emotionally drained by this whole experience,” adding, “Our main goal now is to make sure this sticks to her like glue so she can’t ever do this sort of thing to a child, dog, or person in general ever again.”
The couple explained in the post that they had to hire a sitter for a few days per week as they renovated their bar in Washington, NC, and they discovered the scene when they were taking a break. When they saw what was happening, they contacted the child’s birth mother, who lived nearby, to go to their house as the two drove back home.
Rowe allegedly babysat Declan for about two hours when the incident occurred. “And I wasn’t there. S–t hurts,” Max told the Daily Mail. He said that his son’s arms were bruised after his hands were held down.
Following the incident, Laura texted Rowe the video the nanny cam recorded, along with a long message: “You are no longer needed to nanny for us, and my suggestion is that you don’t nanny at all until you learn how to patiently handle children.”
“The way you handled Declan tonight in the high chair trying to force-feed him is textbook child abuse … You broke a mother’s heart tonight,” the message continued.
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