Police have arrested a nanny, Thelma Manalastas, after a hidden camera caught her beating and abusing an infant with special needs, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Chris and Dyana Ko were at a family basketball game when Dyana decided to use a smartphone camera app to check in on their 2-year-old son Landon, who suffers from a number of debilitating medical conditions.
She expected to see her child sleeping peacefully. Instead, she saw their nanny, hired through a nationwide company that provides home health care, beating and abusing her beloved son.
The hidden camera footage is horrifying, showing Manalastas abusing the special needs infant in a number of ways. She can be seen hitting him, pinching him and, even, smashing him with a rolled up magazine. Dyana Ko watched this unfold, live, right on her smartphone. They were 20-minutes away from home and 20-minutes away from being able to save their son.
“Just to see him so helpless. It was heart-wrenching. We had to force ourselves to watch it live.” Chris Ko told reporters.
“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,” Dyana Ko added.
The horrified parents raced home as fast as they could, rescuing Landon from the nanny’s clutches, according to CBS Los Angeles. Police were immediately notified.
“I just feel like as his parents, we failed him, because we left someone to take care of him,” the traumatized mother told reporters. “I don’t know if I can ever forgive myself for that.”
Landon Ko suffers from Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome. The 2-year-old eats through a feeding tube, is unable to speak and is blind in one eye. He requires 24-hour care and is extremely fragile. Thankfully, Landon seemed to suffer no long-term injuries from the abuse, according to the family.
The Kos are suing Maxim Healthcare Services, who sent over Manalastas. The company has released a statement, which has been provided by CBS.
“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.”
The family’s lawyer, Scott Dinsmore, thinks the company needs to do a lot more than just investigate further. He says the abuse of Landon Ko deserves special attention.
“[This is] the worst case I’ve ever seen of somebody taking advantage — where you have a vulnerable party and a powerful party,” he said.
The family set up a crowdfunding site in order to help raise money for little Landon’s ongoing care.
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