Received Friday, September 17, 2010
Chestnut Hill playground, Stamford, CT, about 11:30 am, 9-16-10
Children: 2 boys, oldest 4-5, dressed in khakis and pink polo/ rugby shirt; youngest a toddler about 13-15 mos, dressed in black/navy and white striped shirt.
Nanny: 30- plus hispanic woman, not entirely sure of age, straight dark hair slightly longer than shoulder length.
She sat about 25 yards away. Reading what looked like magazines, and not watching the kids. I thought the two boys were with another nearby mom/nanny. I was tending to my two and noticed the toddler had climbed to the top of a rope ladder on the big kids' play structure. To my horror, and before I could yell to the person whom I thought was his caretaker, he fell 5' from the platform. When he started to cry, the nanny ran over, then yelled at the oldest, "what did you do to him? Why did you throw wood chips in his face?" I yelled to her that the child had fallen and she picked him up and comforted him. I kept a close eye and within minutes he was walking around. He could easily have broken something or injured his head or neck, and i still feel sorry I didn't berate her and tell her he should be checked out. Forgetting the obvious neglect for a minute, it's troubling that she berated the brother before knowing what happened. Once the toddler stopped crying, she went back to reading, rarely looking up while the boys played. This woman should not be watching young children (or any children). She is not an engaged caregiver to say the least and not showing good judgement in where the toddler can safely play. She should have her eyes on him all the time. She drove away in a silver GM type suv.