ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Round Rock police have taken a woman into custody who is accused of injuring a child she was taking care of.
According to an affidavit, Diana Pearson, 60, is accused of being caught on camera slamming a two-year-old child on a changing table.
Police say the child’s parents learned of the incident after reviewing footage from a camera they set up to monitor the child’s bedroom. The video allegedly shows the child being playful and active as Pearson was attempting to change him. She reportedly attempted to get him to calm down and after he didn’t, she is said to have lifted him from the table and then forcefully slamming him back down.
The affidavit says the child hit his head on the table and began crying immediately. The parents told police he had a red mark on his head as a result.
Police also say a similar incident was later found on past recordings.
After discovering this footage, according to the affidavit, the child’s parents let Pearson know they’d watched the nanny cam and then fired her.
When questioned, Pearson was shown the footage and told police she had no recollection of the incident but insisted it was not a pattern and had not happened before. Police say she admitted to being forceful because she was agitated with the child not staying still while she was trying to change him.
Perason was arrested on May 11 on felony charges of injury to a child. Her bond was set at $10,000.
Identifying physical abuse
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, physical injury is considered abuse whether or not the caretaker intended to hurt the child.
Signs of physical abuse include:
- Frequent injuries such as bruises, cuts, black eyes, or burns without adequate explanations
- Frequent complaints of pain without obvious injury
- Lack of reaction to pain
- Passive, withdrawn, and emotionless behavior
- Aggressive, disruptive, and destructive behavior
- Unreasonable clothing that may hide injuries to arms or legs
The DFPS reminds Texans that if you suspect a child is being abused, the law requires that you report it. If there is an emergency, you’re advised to call 911, otherwise call the DFPS Texas Abuse Hotline at 800-252-5400.
Reports can also be made online.