Report: Nanny cam captures 3-year-old being burned on hot stove, beaten by babysitter

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DANBURY, Conn. – A Connecticut woman is being held on a $ 1 million bail after police say she beat and burned a 3-year-old child she was supposed to be watching.

On March 27, the child’s mother came home to find her daughter suffering from burns on her hands and bruises on her face.

“Lidia, my nanny, told me that they had made pancakes and when she wasn’t watching, my daughter had pushed her little chair up to the stove and burned herself, and that she got the black eye by hitting herself on the stove knob cover when she fell,” the mother told police.

The toddler suffered second-degree burns on her hands and leg.

After visiting a doctor, the victim’s mother went home to review footage from a hidden nanny cam. She says she installed the camera after she became suspicious about bruises on her daughter.

“It showed Lidia hitting my daughter, force-feeding her something… and then pushing my daughter’s hands on the stove burner to burn her,” she said in a statement obtained by the News Times. “The abuse began right after I left for work [that] morning.”

Officials say the nanny cam captured Lidia Quilligana allegedly force-feeding the child something that was too hot to eat, which caused blistering in her mouth.

When the child pulled away, she was hit in the face.

“In the footage, you can see the absolute fear and pain from the trauma in [the little girl’s] facial expressions,” said one officer. “At one point, I observed Quilligana pick [the child] up by the throat with two hands and toss her to the ground. ”

“I observed Quilligana repeatedly take [her] by the wrist and put her hands on what appeared to be hot stove burners,” the officer said. “I observed Quilligana at one point jump on [the victim] while she was lying on the ground and it appeared Quilligana applied all of her weight onto her and then pulled her pants and underwear down and spanked her.”

Quilligana was arrested on first-degree assault charges, which carry a 20-year prison sentence.

“It is one of the most horrific things I have ever seen” said Deborah Mabbett, the prosecutor on the case. “You can hear the child screaming on the video as she is trying to get away.”

Quilligana’s lawyer told WTIC that she babysits for several families who have never had a problem.

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