Police arrested a New York nanny after a video emerged of her allegedly burning a 2-year-old boy with a hot curling iron to "discipline" him (video below).
Nosipho Nxumalo, 21, was charged with endangering a child's welfare on Jan. 12 after the boy's mother contacted Nassau County Police after discovering burn marks on her son, the Daily Mail reports.
The boy victim's mother, Angela Persaud of Baldwin in Long Island, New York, checked a recording of the nanny's care and was "disgusted" to see Harlem-based Nxumalo burn her son, Xander, with a hot curling iron.
"After she burns him several times, you see her -- you could tell she was telling him, 'See that's what happens when you don't listen,' and then she hugs him," Persaud told WNBC. "She's playing these warped mind games with my child, and it's the most disgusting thing I've ever witnessed in my life."
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Persaud discovered the burns while bathing her son, who winced in pain after she noted redness on his hands.
The 2-year-old told his mother about the nanny's painful methods of punishment.
The nanny told police she burned the child as a form of discipline.
"The child wouldn't listen," she said in a statement. "I wanted to discipline him using the iron so I burned him."
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Nxumalo pleaded not guilty in court to charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, child welfare endangerment and second-degree assault.
The nanny had been hired through local agency Moms Helper Inc and had only been working for Persaud for two months when the alleged assault incident was discovered.
Persaud warned other parents to do due diligence themselves, check references and do a background check on all nannies, regardless of them being recommended by an agency.
"You can't trust that an agency is going to do the right thing by you," she told WGNTV.