*Received Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I witnessed a nanny (at least I think it's the nanny) Monday, March 2 at the Houston zoo.
I'm not 100% sure it was a nanny/babysitter. How she interacted with the child made it seem like she was not the mother. She seemed unsure of herself and just sort of out of place.
The nanny was young, late teens early 20s, blond hair blue eyes wearing a white terry cloth running outfit.
The little girl had brown hair and blue eyes and was wearing a sweatshirt that probably belonged to the lady watching her. It was white also. You couldn't see the clothes that the little girl was wearing because of the sweatshirt. She looked to be about 18 months.
They had a green stroller with them that had a built in bug net, I couldn't tell the brand but it was similar to the graco or evenflo strollers that come with a baby carrier.
There was also a man with them. My guess is that was her boyfriend or husband by the way they were holding hands and kissing. He was wearing jeans and a blue Texans hat
The problem was they were not watching the little girl on the carousel. They allowed the little girl to go through the gate by herself while they stood there talking to each other. The little girl walked along the wooden part of the carousel (where all the animals were) and then walked to the inside concrete part and walked along the inside of that area. Finally the lady came inside the gate and picked the little girl and put her on the monkey but when the carousel started the little girl screamed and the lady yelled at her to knock it off. She then took her off and sat down on one of the sleighs and as soon as the little girl stopped crying she tried to put her back on the monkey but the little girl started to cry so she sat back down on the sleigh with her. She continually told the little girl how bad she was and that she was acting like a baby and she needed to stop. When the carousel stopped she put the little girl on the ground grabbed her by her arm and roughly pulled her through the gate and put her in the stroller.
They were standing about where the red ladder is in the picture and the little girl was running on the inside where the mirrors are. I did not take the picture, I found it online.
* This was submitted on 3/2 but did not reach me until today -JD