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Nanny from Ecuador repeatedly burned toddlers in Connecticut ‘because it was the only discipline she knew’

By Mason White 3:54 PM August 24, 2017
Lidia Quilligana
Lidia Quilligana
By: Mason White

A family gave an immigrant a chance to make a good living by hiring her as a nanny for their three children.

Sadly, their actions backfired when the nanny tortured their children.

The family of Danbury, Connecticut, set up a hidden camera, which recorded the nanny’s actions.

The video showed 32-year-old Lidia Quilligana, severely abusing the couple’s children.

According to court documents, Quilligana, who has three children of her own, was left to care for her employers’ 3-year-old girl and 1-year-old twin siblings for about one year.

The kids’ mother began suspecting that they were being abused when her 3-year-old daughter suffered burns to her hands and she a bruise on her head.

The nanny lied and told the mother that she placed a chair next to the stove for the child to watch as she was cooking. She claimed that the child accidentally burned her hands before falling and injuring her head on one of the stove’s knobs.

However, surveillance videos that were set up after that incident, showed Quilligana dragging the toddler to the hot stove and placing her hands and legs against the burners.

She also locked the young child inside a toy box for some time, before finally freeing her. She also abused the 1-year-old twins.

In court, Quilligana’s attorney called her actions “unfathomable,” but he explained that as a child, the nanny was abused at the hands of her alcoholic father and that she was using “the only discipline she knew.”

In a plea deal with prosecutors, Quilligana pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

She was sentenced to 15 years in prison despite the fact that the judge said that 15 years “doesn’t even come close to fitting the crime.”

Quilligana apologized to the family and said through an interpreter: “Believe me, I loved those children with all my heart. I’m sorry a thousand times.”

However, The victims’ parents did not accept her apology. They said in a statement that there was no excuse for her behavior.