LONG ISLAND, NY — A nanny for a Long Island family is in jail after she was caught on a hidden camera repeatedly burning a young child with a heated curling iron on Thursday.
Police say Nosipho Nxumalo, 21, has been charged with assault, endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly using the tool to discipline two-year-old Alexander “Xander” Persaud during the attack.
Dean and Angela Persaud of Baldwin told CBS New York that they came home from work and found their son in distress, whimpering that his nanny “hurt” him with an iron.
After reviewing “nanny cam” footage, they were shocked to see the woman they charged with their young son’s care yelling at him before heating up the curling iron and using it to taunt and torture him.
Angela described the horrific footage to CBS New York: “So she touches it to makes sure that it’s hot, and then when he jumps because it burns him, she continues to touch his foot again and then goes for his hands,” she said.
Xander suffered red, raw burn marks on his hand and leg.
A spokesperson for Moms Helper Inc., the company that Nxumalo was hired through, told CBS News that the nanny does not work for them, and that they are a placement agency that provides introductions. The Persauds say that they want the nanny fired, and banned from ever working with children again.
Nxumalo has reportedly pleaded not guilty and told a judge she is innocent, although did admit to being frustrated with the boy because he had hit her.
Angela responded: “Well, he’s going to be three, you know. There’s a reason why they call it the terrible two’s. They do that a lot.”Read more:
Main photo: “nanny cam” footage of Nosipho Nxumalo and Xander Persaud [CBS New York/YouTube (screenshot)]