A 56-year-old woman in Lexington, Kentucky, has been charged with second degree child abuse after video footage was secretly taken of her looking after a 4-year-old boy (video below).
Lillian White was hired to take care of 4-year-old Luke Field, who has down syndrome, epilepsy and a heart condition, according to WLEX.
Tiffany, Luke’s mother, noticed her son’s behavior change and decided to install a nanny camera to see if anything was happening while she was away.
On the first day the camera was used, it captured footage appearing to show White abusing Luke.
At one point, she sat on the boy’s chest as she changed his diaper.
“You little s***. This is what we're going to do. We're going to do it my way,” White is heard saying at one point, WLEX reported.
The footage also shows White roughly flipping Luke over and dragging him across the floor.
“You're not going to kick me, ‘cause I’m sitting on top of you,” she says at another point.
White was arrested Oct. 3 and charged.
"Yesterday, Lillian D. White, an employee, was charged with allegations of abuse," White’s employer, Caretenders, said in a statement. "The company learned of the allegations against Ms. White only a few hours before her arrest. We take these allegations very seriously, and are taking prompt steps to address the matter."
The Field family attorney said the alarm was raised when Luke began having more seizures. Instead of behaving warmly and liking to be hugged, he also became stand-offish.
“These parents had a gut feeling that something was wrong with their child, that something was not right,” family attorney Dale Golden added, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. “Many times we don’t follow that gut feeling and we ignore it to our own detriment or the detriment of our children. I think this case indicates that it’s wise for parents to follow that gut instinct and follow up.”
White appeared in court Oct. 4 and pleaded not guilty to the charges. She was released on a bond of $5,000.
She refused comment to the Herald Leader Oct. 5 and is next due in court Oct. 13.