Having toddlers is an amazing experience, but it also requires a lot of work.
Many people – inexperienced, I might add – still believe that parental leave is basically like an extended vacation.
I can guarantee, however, that virtually any parent who’s been at home for a long time with their young child(ren) knows that it is anything but. Sure, you get to bond with them and spend time uninterrupted, but let me put it this way: You will begin to appreciate having a shower, because it’s the only time you’re afforded semblance of peace and quiet.
It doesn’t matter how much you love your child, even the best mom or dad in the world needs a couple of hours downtime here and there.
Which is why it’s perfectly acceptable that the mother in this story took hers.
However, when she returned home to her six-month-old baby, she wasn’t met by the smiling, happy child she had left. On the contrary…
The mom returned to her house after a couple of hours away to find that 36-year-old babysitter Ismelda Ramos Mendoza, of Bladensburg, USA, had been negligent with her daughter.
The moment she got through the door, she knew something was wrong. Upon inspecting her baby’s feet, she found that her soles were covered in huge blisters.
When she asked Mendoza what had happened, the babysitter said she had no idea.
Mom makes police call
However, the mom suspected foul play, and so called the police to lodge a claim of child abuse.
She then took her daughter directly to hospital, where the true extent of her injuries were made clear. She had severe burns on both feet, as though they had been cooked.
After 36-year-old Mendoza was arrested, it was discovered that she had become angry when the baby had failed to stop crying while she was cooking.
Mendoza had then forced the baby’s feet into the frying pan as punishment, according to US source The Washington Post.
For some mothers, it will be a long time before they feel secure enough to leave their baby with a babysitter again.
Reading about innocent children abused by vile adults is never easy. It amazes me that a person can do such a thing to a vulnerable baby.
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