A daycare worker in Spain has been jailed for four years after a disturbing video footage captured her smothering a child with a blanket to force it to sleep.
The woman, identified only as Esther S. B., was caught only after her employers at Annunciata School in Gironella, Spain, became suspicious and installed hidden cameras inside the nursery.
In one part of the sickening surveillance footage, Esther is seen throwing one child, seemingly aged about one year old, into a crib, before pulling blankets up and over its head and sitting on them.
As the sheet opens only at one end, the child is trapped inside, while the woman proceeds to chat with a colleague, who ignores the abuse.
In another part of the video, Esther is watching the toddlers eat and observes that one child, also visibly around one year old, is not eating.
The carer then starts berating the toddler while laying the child on its back and after a few moments the infant starts struggling.
At this point, Esther kneels down on the child and proceeds to force food into its mouth in front of the other children.
The sickening footage, captured between November 14 and November 18, 2011, was only released by the Catalan News Agency after Esther was sentenced at the Criminal Court of Manresa, Barcelona, earlier this week.
1. Shocking CCTV footage from the Annunciata School in Gironella, Spain, shows one nursery worker abusing children aged around one year old, including smothering one with a blanket (pictured).
2. While trying to get the child to sleep, the worker, named as Esther S. B., throws it upside down into a blanket sealed at one end, then sits on the opening while talking to another member of staff (right).
The carer was also fined Γé¼90,000 ($101,000) in compensation, to be split between the families of the two toddlers who were seen suffering abuse in the video.
According to The Local, the staff member filmed talking to Esther while she is smothering the toddler in a blanket was also convicted as an accomplice, after failing to stop or report the abuse.
That second woman, who has not been identified, has been given a suspended sentence of 11 months in prison.
3. In another part of the appalling footage, the woman is seen placing one child who refused to eat onto its back, before kneeling on the youngster and force-feeding them.
4. The footage, shot in November 2011, was released this week as Esther was jailed for four years by a court in Barcelona, while another teacher was given an 11 month suspended sentence for failing to stop the abuse.
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