NC nanny facing child abuse charge after social media video post

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Lauren Ashley Rowe (New Bern Police photo)

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – New Bern police have announced the arrest of a woman on child abuse charges after parents cited seeing the abuse through at-home cameras they installed.

Police served an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor child abuse on Lauren Ashley Rowe of New Bern on Wednesday. She was taken into custody without incident and held under a $2,500 secured bond.

In a Facebook post, the child’s parent, Max Oglesby, said they saw the abuse from the babysitter after one of their home cameras picked up the incident while they were at work. They turned over the video to New Bern police, which led to the arrest.

On the video, the nanny is shown putting and holding food into the child’s mouth as he screamed and tried to get out of the high chair. At one point, the nanny is seen restraining the child’s right arm.

Oglesby said he and his wife went home and called his mother to relieve the nanny. The parents also said they found bruises on their son.

“We are heartbroken for our son and furious that this happened. We are taking appropriate actions upon this matter and will not stand for this happening to our baby or anyone else’s babies,” Oglesby wrote on Facebook.

Rowe has posted bond and has been released from custody, but her first court date is Nov. 8.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

CBS 17 edited this story for its web copy.

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