Babysitter Charged With Abuse

The babysitter of a ten month-old boy is now charged with abusing him.

New Bern police arrested 28 year-old Ishmael Worthington on child abuse charges.

Police say the young boys aunt drove him to the hospital December 17th after suffering serious head trauma.

The child remains at Pitt Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Worthington is in the Craven County jail under $250,000 bond.


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  • by kinston Location: nc on Dec 26, 2008 at 03:08 PM
    Can any of you stop yapping back and forth long enough to say a prayer for this little baby? The situation of why the child was with the babysitter is not the issue. Child Abuse is the issue! Grow up!
  • by @@@@ Location: NC on Dec 25, 2008 at 03:31 PM
    My Daughter-in-law is a stay at home Mom. They chose to do with less to have their kids reared by their parents. They are a young couple with 2 kids. Their 2 vehichles, (nice ones), home,(nice) Furniture,(nice), are all payed for. Their CC card is paid off and cut into pieces. They have sacrificed meals out, "bling-blings, and most of their "wants" to supply their needs for the past 8 yrs to accomplish this. I am VERY proud of them. So ALL stay at home parnets are not spoiled by their parents or their husbands! What a shallow conception of family life you have, and to say Merry Chritmas at the end? Even people you think you know very well can have problems unknown to anyone except themselves and the most sane person can snap at any given moment, even ifthe sitter had been checked out thoroughly.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2008 at 03:29 PM
    I cannot believe the lack of grammar skills possessed by some of you. My prayers are with this child, and the family. Hopefully our justice system will prevail, and this loser will face a maximum sentence.
  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Dec 25, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    First of all I hope and pray that the child will be okay. Second, I hope and pray I'm on the jury. Third, his bond should have been a million dollars. There's nothing lower than a person who harms a small child. Merry Christmas to all.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Eastern NC on Dec 24, 2008 at 10:02 PM
    First, my prayers goes out to this child and the family. Second, I would like to know why this lady's bond was set so much higher than the lady in Trent Woods who is out on a $65,000 bond. Now, as far as the comments about stay at home parents. My oldest two kids were kept by their grandmother until they started school, but by the time I had my third one she was no longer able to keep a baby due to health reasons, so my grandmother keep the third one until he was almost 2 and then he was put in daycare where they took very good care of him and he stayed there until he started school, but now I have been a stay at home mom for three years, but I do not regret for one minute putting my son in daycare and he will tell you that he loved it and they spoiled him so dont put all babysitters and daycares down just because of a bad one because there has been family members that has hurt the kids that were left in their care. Merry Christmas!
  • by To J: on Dec 24, 2008 at 09:42 PM
    No one read in to your comment to much and over analyzed it. Your comment, wether you MEANT for it to sound harsh or not, sounded EXACTLY like this : "Please be considerate of people who actually have to WORK for a living and arent spoiled by their parents or spouse. MERRY CHRISTMAS" ^ That is what you wrote word for word.. The only thing that "hit home" was the fact that you made it sound like everyone that stays at home and takes care of their children/home is spoiled! Making sacrifices in order to be at home with your children and taking care of the home is anything but spoiled! I would put my "work" day against ANYONE that has a regualr job and could GURANTEE that it is just demanding. I will say that I think it is perfectly normal for people to leave their children with a baby sitter, and no matter HOW MUCH you check someone out, there will ALWAYS be those that slip through the cracks, Period! I blame the baby sitter and not the parent's for the abuse.
  • by LC Location: Eastern NC on Dec 24, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    If you are referring to me J I am not criticizing any parent who has to place their children with people they TRUST!! And yes your right I got worked up over this because it is such a bad thing to happen to a child and I wanted to make a comment my OWN comment and my OWN opinion which is what I did!!
  • by LC Location: Eastern NC on Dec 24, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    Goodness sakes, I didn't mean to cause such a up roar about this..No it was not ignorant to comment what I did SC..This is open for comments and your own opinions which is what I did!!!I was very fortunate to be able to stay home with my kids when they were little and today I am able to keep my grandchild..Staying at home is a wonderful thing if you are able to do it and it's not by no means being spoiled..Me and my husband sacrificed alot for me to be able to stay at home..I just hope and pray that parents look into who their children are staying with REALLY GOOD and I also know that anyone can abuse someone and I also know several mothers who have found babysitters and they have not done their homework by checking into everything on that person..Parents please be aware!!
  • by J Location: Gville on Dec 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM
    This is why people get so worked up over little things anyway because most people like to read into things and over analyze. I think it is perfectly OKAY to leave your children with someone that you trust. Someone that you have checked out, someone that you know through someone else. Not some random babysitter you found. Please dont criticize those who HAVE to place their children in the hands of others whom they trust, not including family members. If people HAVE to stay home, because of loss of job, or whatever it may be, then power to you, doesnt mean you are ALL spoiled. Most of the time people take offense to things that hit home with them though.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Dec 24, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    J,I think "B" was refferring to the statement you made at the end of your post. "Please be considerate of people who actually have to WORK for a living and arent spoiled by their parents or spouse. MERRY CHRISTMAS" What J Was saying I agree with. Not everyone that stay's at home is Spoiled by their parents or their spouse's! I am a stay at home father, not because I am spoiled by my wife, but because I lost my job when it was sent to India!! While looking for work I took care of the home and our children and we found that it actually WORKED. Sure we had to cut back on alot of spending, the only other option was to move to raleigh or durham for a job that I could have gotten, but then we would have had to sell the home pack the kids up, move to a different city, different schools etc.. You would be suprised at how "Little" people actaully need to survive, and your statement made it sound like anyone that chose to stay home with their children was spoiled!
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