A horrified mother caught the moment her babysitter abused her special needs baby on nanny cam.
Dyana Ko and her husband Chris were using Ko’s phone to check in on their two-year-old son, Landon, when they saw his carer Thelma Manalastas slapping the young boy.
In the footage Manalastas can be seen rolling up a magazine and beating Landon, who suffers from Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, with it.
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Dyanna was just 20 minutes away at her other son’s basketball game in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles when she checked the nanny cam and was stunned at what she saw.
She told CBS News:
I told the other moms. I said I think I see my special needs baby being abused. I think I’m going to pass out.
My husband was in the parking lot, moving the car at the time. I told them if I passed out look at the video because this is what I see going on.CBS LA
They immediately called police who arrived at the house, where they arrested Manalastas.
Manalastas’ employer Maxim Healthcare Services have said they are conducting an investigation in to the incident and that they have ‘terminated’ Ms. Manalastas’ employment.
They added that they’ve also notified the California Board of Nursing and say they’ll cooperate fully with the authorities investigation into the matter.
The Ko family are now suing Maxim Healthcare Services.