Nanny accused of harming toddler

May 17, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

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 bruises they found on the boy - installed the camera.

An examination at Johns Hopkins Hospital indicated that abuse had been occurring for some time, but no medical treatment was required, police said, adding that a doctor who viewed the tape concluded that the actions against the child could have resulted in serious injury.

Christine Noel Anderson of the 1300 block of Cabello Court in Eldersburg was arrested about noon yesterday.

She 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 bail set at $25,000.

Police would not identify the parents last night.

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