Babysitter Caught 'Kicking' & 'Shaking' 5-Month-Old Twin Girls Gets 30 Days in Jail

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A 21-year-old nanny from West Jordon, Utah, has been sentenced to 30 days of jail time for abusing two twin girls who were in her care. McKenna Newell was caught on a nanny cam kicking and shaking the 5-month-old babies, and she ultimately confessed, according to KSL. In a statement given to police, however, she claimed that "she was frustrated and didn’t know what to do.”

  • The incident happened on January 5, 2019, when the twins began to cry as Newell was watching them.

    The twins' parents later observed the abuse when reviewing footage from the day, KSL reported. 

    In the shocking video, both infants started crying while lying on the floor. Newell could be seen throwing blankets on top of one of the girl's faces to muffle her cries. A charging document states that as the girl's “cries became muffled, she struggled to get the blanket off and appeared to be frantically kicking.”

    Newell then picked the baby up and started to shake her, only to place her back on the ground. The infant started to cry again, which is when Newell kicked her in the leg and rib area several times. 

    Video also showed Newell putting the baby on the couch and “aggressively causing her head to bounce forward.” She also kicked the other twin “several times as she laid on the floor.” 

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  • The parents immediately took their case to police, and a warrant was issued for Newell's arrest.

    The Daily Mail reports that Newell turned herself in to authorities, confirming that she was the sitter in the troubling video, but claiming that she didn't remember committing the violent acts.

    Soon after Newell was arrested, the babysitter was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. One of her counselors added in a letter contained in court filings that Newell has since been "actively engaged in treatment, communicating honestly, taking notes and completing homework assigned to her."

    Newell completed treatment for her condition in August, according to KSL, but the court has recommended she continue treatment with the goal of managing stress and understanding what triggers her emotions.

  • On October 3, Newell was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 36 months of probation.

    KUTV reported that that Newell pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse, and in addition to her prison sentence, Newell will be required to perform 500 hours of community services. She will also have to comply with requirements set forth by the Utah Child Abuse Registry.

    The judge in Newell's case suspended a prison sentence of up to five years and a $5,000 fine. As part of her probation, Newell is forbidden from working with kids 18 and younger.

    The babysitter's Care.com profile has been closed since her arrest in January. Newell started her prison sentence October 11.

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