Published: 08/20/12 By: Dailymail (Link below.)
A Texas nanny has been charged with smothering a seven-month-old baby girl who was in her care multiple times a day after being caught on a hidden camera.
Tirza Magana, 48, was arrested on Wednesday after an unidentified couple from Houston came across some disturbing footage on their nanny cam.
Magana was employed to care for the couple’s baby after the child was born in January. In late May, the parents noticed that something was amiss with their little girl, who was acting strange and appeared lethargic.
The concerned parents decided to install a hidden camera in their home to see what was happening when they were not around, the TV station KHOUreported.
Not before long, the couple saw recordings of Magana carrying the baby around by the head, throwing her into the crib like a rag doll, and smothering the child by covering her nose and mouth and ‘applying pressure,’ according to court documents.
‘She places both hands over the complainant’s nose and mouth and applies force… causing the baby to flail about, struggling to breathe,’ the documents stated.
The parents immediately fired the 48-year-old nanny and contacted the authorities.
According to investigators, Magana has admitted that she smothered the baby multiple times a day for a month and even realized that her actions could have caused the baby’s death.
Dr Sheela Lahoti, professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, who reviewed the footage, said the infant was ‘at risk for suffocation and/or neck or spine injury due to the actions’ of Magana, according to an arrest warrant cited by the Houston Chronicle.
Magana has been charged with child endangerment, a felony, and was released on $10,000 bond on Friday.