Caregiver charged with abuse of four-year-old with special needs

Published: Oct. 4, 2016 at 6:44 PM EDT
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The caregiver of a four-year-old with special needs is facing a second degree criminal abuse charge after the child's mother hid a camera in their home.

That mother's attorney says Lillian D. White had been watching the child one day a week since June.

"Luke had always been a very loving child, had always been the type of child that liked to be held by his mother," Dale Golden said. "Suddenly, all of that changed and that caused Tiffany to become very concerned."

Tiffany Fields bought a nanny cam and installed it in her home last Friday. Golden says video from that day shows White dragging Luke by his feet and sitting on him while changing his diaper.

It also shows White cursing at Luke several times.

Luke has Down's Syndrome, epilepsy, and heart defects.

"In this situation the family is in shock and they're currently seeking the advice of medical personnel as to the extent of any injuries that Luke may have suffered," Golden said.

White was arrested Monday night and bonded out of jail. She was arraigned Tuesday. Her attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

Golden said they are looking into potential liability on the part of White and what liability her employer may have in this case.

White will be back in court October 13 for her preliminary hearing.

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