UPDATE: Ky. caretaker arrested after nanny-cam video shows abuse
LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky caretaker seen on nanny-cam video sitting on and dragging a child with special needs has been arrested, and now, a state representative is getting involved.
Lillian D. White on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal abuse, prompting Rep. Dennis Keene -- a Democrat from Dayton, in northern Kentucky -- to pre-file a bill aimed at making it easier for parents to vet potential caretakers for their children, Lexington television station WLEX reported.
Sophie's Law would provide an online registry with information about anyone convicted of child abuse or child neglect.
Tiffany Fields' son Luke has Down syndrome, heart defects and epilepsy. She recently set up a nanny cam after she noticed Luke acting differently, and what she found was her worst nightmare.
Just 4 years old, the boy needs constant care.
The family said White started watching Luke back in June, which is about the time they started to notice some behavioral changes, and decided to set up the camera.
"Once (Fields) looked at it, to her shock, she saw that her child was not only being physically abused but also verbally abused," said Dale Golden, an attorney who is representing the family.
In part of the video, the caretaker is seen sitting on the boy's chest as she changes his diaper. In another instance, she's seen dragging him around the living room.
The recording also picked up audio remarks she made toward the boy.
"You little s***," she said. "This is what we're going to do. We're going to do it my way ... You're not going to kick me because I'm sitting on top of you."
Wednesday, Keene told WLEX that the framework is already in place, making a roll-out quick and economical. Indiana is the only other state with a similar registry, WLEX reported.
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