Babysitter Caught Abusing Baby On Nanny Cam, Police Say

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Springdale police arrested a babysitter Thursday, accusing her of abusing a baby that was in her care.

Melissa Renee Medema, 27, was caught on a “nanny cam” abusing a 1-year-old child, police said. The child’s parents contacted police, and Medema was arrested at 10:20 a.m.

Medema is being held in the Benton County Jail on suspicion of felony first degree endangering the welfare of a minor. She has not yet been officially booked, so no bond amount has been set, according to a detention center deputy.

The baby’s parents were suspicious of Medema, so they set up a hidden camera Oct. 8, said Kevin Lewis, public information officer for the Springdale Police Department.

There were no other children involved, and the child was treated for a bruise, he said.