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VIDEO: Nanny cam alerts parents to possible abuse, woman charged by New Bern police

Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 11:05 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2021 at 11:13 AM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - A nanny has been charged with child abuse after the toddler’s parents discovered on their nanny cam that the woman appeared to be force-feeding the two-year-old.

Lauren Rowe was arrested late Wednesday night by New Bern police on a misdemeanor charge of child abuse.

Max and Laura Oglesby told WITN they were at work Tuesday evening in Washington and during a break, they turned on their nanny cam to check on their son, Declan.

Lauren Rowe
Lauren Rowe(New Bern Police)

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

Max said he and Laura Oglesby immediately headed home and contacted Max’s mother to pick Declan up and relieve the nanny. The parents said they found bruises on their son.

The couple took the video to New Bern police who ended up charging Rowe.

“I wanted to kick her (bleep), I wanted to come here and pin her down and I wanted to put food in her mouth.”

Laura Oglesby, Declan Oglesby's mother

The Oglesbys also posted part of the video on social media hoping to draw attention to what happened and to warn others not to hire the woman. “We are heartbroken for our son and furious that this happened,” Max Oglesby wrote.

The Facebook post so far has 1,600 comments and more than 4,200 shares.

Rowe was released after posting a $2,500 secured bond. Her next court date is November 8th.

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