Tiffany Fields from Lexington, KY is the mother of a 4-year-old named Luke who suffers from Down syndrome, epilepsy and a defective heart and requires constant care as a result.
According to WBTV, after noticing her son’s increasingly strange behavior, Tiffany became suspicious of his caretaker and set up a camera to keep an eye on the situation.
The resulting footage was horrifying.
“Once [Fields] looked at it, to her shock, she saw that her child was not only being physically abused but also verbally abused,” said Dale Golden, a lawyer representing the family.
Indeed, according to WBTV, the footage shows caretaker Lillian D. White dragging Luke around Tiffany’s home, sitting on his chest and swearing at him.
“You little m***** f*****,” she says at one point in the clip. “This is what we’re going to do. We’re going to do it my way. You’re not going to kick me because I’m sitting on top of you.”
Following the discovery of that footage, WKYT reports police charged White with second-degree criminal abuse.
America Now reports that White’s employer, Caretenders, issued the following statement.
Yesterday, Lillian D. White, an employee, was charged with allegations of abuse. The company learned of the allegations against Ms. White only a few hours before her arrest. We take these allegations very seriously, and are taking prompt steps to address this matter.
Motivated by stories like this one, Kentucky lawmakers have moved to pass a bill called Sophie’s Law that would mandate a registry to help parents vet potential caregivers.
The law is named after a four-month-old girl who was hospitalized following abuse from a caregiver.
“Sophie’s Law will put a central child abuse and neglect registry into statute, which will require that the Cabinet publish a central registry on its website that will be searchable,” said Representative Dennis Keene.