A shocking video captured on nanny cam has emerged in which a nurse can be seen pinching and kicking a special needs child. Now, the video might become the evidence that sends the caretaker to prison, according to officials of the Santa Ana Police Department in California.
The New York Daily News reports that Oscar Felix, the 54-year-old nurse who was supposed to take care of the child while his parents were away, could now be charged with a child abuse felony, and prosecutors may use the video footage as evidence in the courtroom.
The 6-year-old boy, who has not been identified by the police or media, is diagnosed with a relatively rare disorder called CHARGE syndrome. The syndrome makes the patient particularly dependent on adults for feeding, washing, and other activities. Communication through language and speech is also difficult. More symptoms include ear abnormalities, heart defects, eye abnormalities, and growth retardation, according to National Institute of Health.
As reported, in the appalling video, the boy can be seen trying to get into the nurse’s lap as he browses through his cellphone. But instead of paying attention and taking care of the special needs child, the nurse appears unmoved. At a later point in the video, the nurse can be seen kicking the child when the boy tries to grab something from a counter. Then, he can be seen moving towards the boy, pinching him vigorously around the arm area, and slapping him, which is something police officials believe will lead to a very strong case against the nurse on charges of child abuse.
As of now, no charges have been filed, but it remains a possibility pending further deliberation, reports Washington Post.
The mother of the child, who did not want to be identified, told ABC7 that her child cannot even feed by himself and needs a feeding tube.
“He can’t hear so he’s not able to communicate. He’s a stubborn baby and he has trouble breathing. He doesn’t eat by himself, he eats through a machine,” she said.
The mother claimed that Oscar Felix, who belonged to the Maxim Health Care Services, was recruited recently by the family after the old nurse left the job. Since his appointment, the mother noticed her 6-year-old had changed some attitudes and also become more aggressive. Suspicious, she decided to place the camera in the living room to find out what transpired while she was not around. When she came back and checked the footage, she was astounded to see the nurse allegedly pinch, slap, and kick her boy.
“It got me so mad. I didn’t know what to do because I never know what to do in these cases,” the mother said.
Detectives are also worried about the extent of Oscar Felix’s alleged abuse. They are concerned that there may have been more children who faced similar abuse since he has been a caregiver for 14 years.
“This individual has been a nurse for 14 years, I’m told, so how many people does he work for?” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
The company that hired the nurse has fired him, effective immediately.
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