29 August, 2009
Chelsea Waterside Park in Manhattan (23rd st and 12th ave)
Date: Tuesday, August 25th between 10:30 and noon.
Location: Chelsea Waterside Park in Manhattan (23rd st and 12th ave).
Nanny: (I'm guessing) between 30 and 40, African - American, wearing green t-shirt that said "New york" and a straw hat and light colored pants.
Child: somewhere between 9 months and a year and a half, caucasian, blond, wearing blue and white shirt with embroidery on the front, in a light blue umbrella stroller.
I arrived at the park around 10:30 and when i got there, the child was sitting in his stroller crying hysterically, sometimes to the point of choking. The nanny had the stroller leaning towards her, facing away from her. As the child cried, she just talked to the other women sitting on either side of her as the boy cried. She did not speak to him, touch him, walk around with him, or anything. She might as well have not been there. Eventually, i walked over and asked if the boy was okay. The nanny smiled and said, "there's nothing wrong with him, he needs to sleep." Now i understand that sometimes kids get cranky when they are tired, but this was really unfair to the child. We're talking a toddler here. We were very disturbed by the scene. A few minutes after i approached her, the nanny gave the child what looked like a bottle of water, and he stopped crying. So if he was crying because he was thirsty, then she basically deprived him of a drink for at least 45 minutes but if he was crying because of some other reason, she surely didn't care. She was much more interested in relaxing and chatting with her friends. If this was my nanny, i would have fired her instantly. She showed absolutely no love for the child nor any knowledge of age-appropriate behavior. My friend took a picture of my son and me, and this nanny and the child are in the background. The nanny I describe is the woman in the middle in the green t-shirt. You can even see in the shot that the child she's with is crying. (OP and child have been removed from pic)
at 7:10 AM