Received Thursday, August 9, 2007
This occurred earlier this morning, (8/9) likely about 10:30 AM. A nanny was watching a little boy play on the equipment. To her right was a smaller boy in a stroller. For purposes of identification, and not because it is racist to do, I will now describe the involved person.
The little boy playing was 4ish. He had curly, dark hair and light green or blue eyes, a wide face, very cute, Anglo, wearing a white shirt with an eagle or big bird across it and bathing suit looking shorts. The nanny was 30ish, she seemed to be my height (5'4") and was a little round, but not heavy, she had hair brushed back off her face that flipped up on the side, a large forehead, was African American and had a medium complexion. She was wearing denim jeans and a black tank top. The little boy in the stroller was a carbon copy of the boy playing, same hair and eyes. He was wearing a shirt with a motorcycle on it and some writing. I could not read it. He was about 1.5ish. He was in a very lightweight, inexpensive stroller. The kind that fold up very easily. It was chrome, with a blue fabric liner.
This is my complaint. The little boy was throwing cheez it crackers on the ground. The nanny told him to stop repeatedly. Then., out of the corner of my eyes, I see her bend down and squeeze his face so hard. She then yelled at him right up close and dropped his whole face/head away from her almost like she tossed it. I probably am not describing this well. This made the boy cry. The nanny ignored him and just continued watching the direction of the older boy. When the boy wouldn't stop crying, she swung the stroller around and rocked it side to side. Not in a rocking motion, but in a wheels up, then down motion. I walked towards the stroller and started talking to him, "hey little guy, what's wrong". The nanny stopped rocking him and just kind of glared at me. I said to her, "Bad day", she said "it is now". I paused for a second thinking of the right thing to say and the nanny says, "go on now, go on". And sad to say, I walked on.