A babysitter sparked outrage after she was allegedly filmed roughly yanking a disabled nine year-old who can’t speak by her hair.
The woman, named as Yolanda Keith, 54, was seen roughhousing nine year-old Mercedes Holmes at a playground in Lancaster, California, last Friday, and also shoved the youngster forward.
Disturbing video footage shows Mercedes, who has cerebral palsy and is autistic sitting and behaving herself before Keith reportedly launches the unprovoked assaults.
Mercedes’ mother Ashley Holmes told Fox11: ‘When I watched it I was more in shock.
‘My daughter is just sitting there and she doesn’t fight back, doesn’t cry, so to me it’s like if she’s doing that in public how long has she been doing this?
Daycare worker tugged young girl with autism by her hair
‘Has she been doing stuff to her in private?’
Ashley hired home daycare owner Keith after being given a list of names by the Child Resource Center in Palmdale.
She met her in person beforehand, and felt happy to entrust Mercedes into Keith’s care.
The mother now plans to file charges against Keith, who was previously cited after an unattended child burnt themselves at her home.
Ashley explained: ‘If it was me the parent, and I did that to her, she would be removed from my home just like that.
‘This is child abuse, at least assault if anything, if it’s not child abuse I know it’s assault.’
Evette Jones, who filmed the clip, sobbed as she spoke to Eyewitness News, saying: ‘This child can’t stand up for herself.
‘She can’t let her mom know what happened to her.’
“I have children.
‘And the fact that she can’t talk, and the fact that she’s probably hurting – and Lord knows what this lady has done in the past – it just breaks my heart.’
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and social services are now investigating.