Police charge nanny with assault after video camera installed

She's accused of slapping, shaking 16-month-old boy


A 23-year-old nanny was arrested yesterday and charged with assaulting a 16-month-old boy under her care in a Sykesville home, after a concealed video camera showed the child being shaken, pushed, slapped and thrown against a wall, state police said.

The investigation began in March, police said, after the parents - "suspicious of the care" being provided - installed the "nanny cam."

After the scenes were recorded, investigators from the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit of the state police barracks at Westminster took up the case.

The boy was given a daylong examination at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the director of pediatric emergency medicine reviewed the tape and concluded that the actions shown could have resulted in serious injury.

While concluding from the exam that the abuse appeared to have been occurring for some time, no medical treatment was required, police said.

Arrested about noon yesterday by members of the abuse unit was Christine Noel Anderson of the 1300 block of Cabello Court in Eldersburg.

Anderson was charged with two counts each of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and attempted physical child abuse, police said. She was being held last night at the Carroll County Detention Center, with bond set at $25,000.

Lt. Terry Katz said the two months between the alleged abuse and the arrest included a detailed review by the abuse unit, which includes police officers and prosecutors. They also had to await completion of a full medical report on the child, including the results of CT scans and a detailed skeletal examination.

Katz would not identify the family last night but said the parents' concern was prompted by bruises they noticed on the boy.

Of the equipment used by the parents, Katz observed that surveillance gear costing thousands of dollars only a few years ago, when he was assigned to intelligence work with the state police, can be found at electronics stores priced in the hundreds.

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