A mom in Danvers, Massachusetts, asked her 15-year-old niece and the niece’s 14-year-old friend to watch her baby while she took a shower. Seems harmless, right? The mom was in the house the whole time, so what could go wrong?
Well, according to footage that the teenage babysitters posted on Snapchat, the 8-month-old baby ended up in the refrigerator. Yes, as in the baby was put inside the refrigerator, they shut the door as she cried, and then they opened the door and took her out as she continued screaming and crying.
After taking her out of the refrigerator, you can hear someone in the video saying, “See, she’s OK!” And she is; the baby is fine, thank goodness. But regardless, it’s not OK to put a baby in a fridge to get a laugh or to impress your friends online.
You can take a look at the video below if you're so inclined, but please be warned that it's very upsetting.
Oh, and guess what? The mom (who, remember, was taking a shower while all of this happened) would never have known about it if it weren’t for the police showing up at her home. Someone saw the video on Snapchat and alerted police.
Disturbing, right? Not the kind of thing you would want anyone doing to your baby—not even as a joke.
When the police showed the video to the mother, she reacted like any mother would.
“I didn’t understand why they would do that. I didn’t know and they didn’t tell me. I was very angry,” the baby’s mother said.
Can you imagine trusting your baby with a family member and having something like this happen?
“I was just traumatized by it,” the mother said. “My eyes were bulging out of my face.”
The teens have been charged with child endangerment, and assault and battery by means of a deadly weapon. As angry and upset as the baby’s mother is, she doesn’t think that the girls should be charged with such serious offenses. But do you think she would be as forgiving if she wasn't related to one of the babysitters?
“It was their stupidity. I feel like they learned a lesson and would never do it again,” she said.
Of course, she'll never give them the chance to do it again. “I will no longer be leaving my children with my niece or her friends again ever in my life. Be careful who you leave your children with. You can’t trust anyone, not even your own family,” she warns other parents.
Apparently, you can’t even trust your own family when you are home to keep an eye on your baby. At least not if they are teenagers with a Snapchat account.