Parents Catch Babysitter Beating Special Needs Baby On Nanycam

Josephine Thompson

Journalist

Thelma Manalastas, a babysitter, was caught hitting Landon Ko, her special needs ward. This home nurse was sourced from Maxim Healthcare Services, a nationwide US care provider to look after Landon, who, due to Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, can't speak and needs round-the-clock care, including tube feeding. Dyanna and Chris, the parents, were at their other son's basketball game. They decided to check in on Landon via a nanny cam app.

To their horror, they saw the nanny hit the boy with a rolled up magazine. "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", Dyanna told CBS News. “My husband was in the parking lot, moving the car at the time. I told them if I pass out to look at the video because this is what I saw going on."

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The parents called the police who immediately arrived at the scene. Manalastas was put in cuffs and led away – and the action was picked up via the nanny cam! "Just to see him so helpless. It was heart-wrenching. We had to force ourselves to watch it live,” said Chris.

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Maxim Healthcare Services had this comment: "Upon learning of this incident, we conducted an investigation that resulted in the termination of Ms. Manalastas’ employment with Maxim. We have notified the California Board of Nursing and will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities as they investigate this matter." Nevertheless, the family has filed a lawsuit against both the company and the nurse.

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