Babysitter charged with intentionally burning child

Quilligana’s next court date is April 22nd

DANBURY, Conn. (AP/ WTNH)– A babysitter is facing multiple charges and slapped with a one million dollar bond after police say a nanny camera catches her putting the child’s arms and legs on a hot burner.

Police say Lidia Quilligana, 31, was arrested Saturday on her home on Homestead Avenue after reviewing the video.
The prosecutor says the family put up a video after they suspected something back in Dec. of 2014. She said what it captured is the worst video she’s ever seen.

“You can hear the child yelling screaming,” said the prosecutor. “Multiple times she takes the child’s hands and puts the child’s hands on the burner.”

She said the child screamed and tried to get away. Neighbors are horrified.

“It’s unbelievable that people would do something to a child,” said Danbury’s Katherine Colavito. “Maybe she [Quilligana] should be burned.”

“I was just in shock to hear that someone would intentionally hurt a little child of three years old,” said Furhmann, “It’s so sad and that’s why no matter how many ways you check out someone. I feel it’s difficult to have 100% confidence.”

Police listed several pieces of evidence including 2 zip drives, a clump of hair, and a tub of butter.

“Quilligana’s defense attorney Jennifer Tunnard,”I believe that she knew she was being recorded.”

Tunnard says she’s watched the child 40 hours a week for about a year and there was never a problem.

“She’s never had any problems in the past,” said Tunnard. “She’s watched other people’s kids over the past three years, those are the letters I showed to the court. That she’s always been very trustworthy and they never had any issues with her.”

When News 8’s Stephanie Simoni asked Tunnard “How did the child get burned then, if this was not the way?”
Tunnard responded, “I don’t know. I don’t know.”

Quilligana’s next court date is April 22nd. She’s charged with first degree assault of a child under 10 years old and criminal mischief.

Copyright 2015 WTNH; The Associated Press

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