Video given to Channel 9 by a concerned mother appears to show a nurse forcefully pushing an 18-month-old girl down in her crib.
BAYADA Home Health Care confirmed to Channel 9 the Catawba County nurse seen in the video has since been terminated and a report was made to the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
The child’s mother said her daughter’s tracheostomy tube kept falling out, so she bought a camera to try and find out why.
In the video, you see the nurse put a hand on the girl’s head and shove her down.
(Watch the video below)
The child’s mother said her daughter was born early and was only 23 weeks at the time. She weighed 1 pound and her lungs weren’t fully developed.
She said her daughter needs to be handled carefully and watched at all times.
A spokesperson for BAYADA said the company immediately contacted police as soon as they learned of the alleged abuse.
Catawba County investigators said the nurse in the video, Carol Magni, has been issued a criminal summons for assault on a child under 12.
She appeared in court on Monday, and her case was continued until July.
Officials from the state nursing board said they put a flag on the nurse’s license while they investigate. That means before anyone else can hire her, they’ll also get an update on this case.
Below is BAYADA’s full statement about the incident:
"At BAYADA Home Health Care, we are incredibly disturbed by the actions caught on video. The nurse in question has since been terminated and a report was made to the North Carolina Board of Nursing. At BAYADA, our highest priority is ensuring the comfort, safety and well-being of our clients, and this behavior goes against everything we stand for as a company.
As part of our stringent hiring practices, BAYADA conducted a rigorous background check and work history review on this employee in question, which revealed nothing that would disqualify her for hire. However, we take allegations of abuse very seriously and immediately contacted local police as soon as we learned of the incident. We will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation and take appropriate measures.
While we can do very little to help ease the shock and concerns this family must be suffering through right now, we are at the ready to offer any support, resources and cooperation this horrible situation has resulted in."
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