Monday, October 11, 2010

KY: Caregiver Charged After Beating Caught on Video


POSTED: 4:44 pm EDT September 28, 2010
UPDATED: 6:39 pm EDT September 28, 2010

The mother of a 13-year-old disabled boy who suspected his caregiver was abusing him said a hidden nanny-cam confirmed her suspicion.

Bereket Haile is charged with first-degree criminal abuse.

"The first time he does, it is a single blow; thereafter, he'll just go up to the child and hit him three, four times consecutively," said Detective Charles Peck, describing the alleged abuse in court Tuesday.

Haile was the in-home sitter sent to Penny and Gary Harbin's home to take care of their son, Kris, who is severely autistic, has seizures and can't speak.

The Harbins said a nanny-cam hidden in a stuffed animal caught Haile hitting their son multiple times.

Peck told the court what happened when he asked Haile to come in for questioning after viewing the tape himself.

"We did sit down and we talked, and during that process, he denied hitting the victim, but when I played him the tape that I viewed, he said what he did was wrong and he shouldn't have done it," Peck said.

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