A loving mother waves goodbye to her child as they are taken by the babysitter. A babysitter is often one of the most trusted people in a parent’s life. A mother should never have to suspect that her toddler is abused. Unfortunately, this mother had no idea that her babysitter was brutally beating her child when she thought that no one was watching.
A security camera captured the entire disturbing scene, which took place in an elevator in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China. In the video, a mother hands her crying child (whose gender is unspecified) over to the 42-year-old babysitter identified only as Ms. Li. Ms. Li is first seen threatening the child with a raised hand.
The situation escalates quickly. First, the babysitter brutally beats the child by punching them in the stomach. When the toddler continues to cry, the abusive babysitter beats them even more around the stomach. The disturbing scene continues as the toddler is beaten on the head after being placed in a stroller.
Just when it seems the horrific scene is at an end, the toddler is abused even further. Before the elevator door opens, Ms. Li violently shakes the toddler in the stroller. The way this toddler is beaten could lead to highly detrimental brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and impaired learning ability.
After the babysitter brutally beats the child for the entire ride, she casually exits the elevator. The incident was reported to the mother, who immediately contacted the police. Ms. Li was placed under arrest and charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Despite the violent way the toddler is beaten in the video, they are reportedly still healthy.
The horrifying video was posted online. Since then, it has been shared over 17,000 times on Weibo, the Chinese social media site. “Does the woman have any children? How can she do this to a young child?” wrote user qingganse. Unfortunately, situations where an abusive babysitter beats a child are not entirely uncommon in China.
There have been several high profile cases throughout China where a toddler is abused by a nanny or teacher. Child caregivers have been reported beating children, forcing them to eat wasabi, and administering unknown medicines. A daycare center in Shanghai was recently shut down due to evidence of continued child abuse.
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