GREENWOOD, Ind.-- A local mother is outraged after a video posted on Facebook shows her babysitter letting a bucket of water tip on her baby's head. It happened this week at the splash park in Greenwood.
The babysitter placed the 7-month-old baby directly under a bucket, then gallons of water came down on the child's head.
"All I see is the baby sitting down and then like the back of the baby. Then I saw the babysitter and I kept looking at it. I'm like surely enough that's not my baby," said mother Brittany Dixson.
Dixsonsaw people sharing the video in her Facebook news feed. She watched in horror before realizing it was her child, baby Annora.
"It freaked me out. All I did was want to get to her. Hold her tight and just be with her. I could not stop crying. I cried even when I had her in my arms because I just didn't know what to do or how to react to the situation," Dixson said.
She says she messaged the woman who posted the video. The onlooker said the babysitter placed Annora under the bucket several times and tried to make her walk on the hot pavement. The woman says she was fed up so she recorded it and called police. Brittany says she immediately called to check on her daughter and confronted the babysitter.
"She just told me that people need to mind their own business and that Nora's perfectly fine. She's eating and she was just having fun with her," Dixson said.
Baby Annora is doing fine, but doctors say she could have suffered from dry drowning. According to parents.com in dry drowning, someone takes in a small amount of water through his or her nose and/or mouth, and it causes a spasm in the airway, causing it to close up.
Dixsonsays even if the babysitter didn't have bad intentions, it was a bad move.
"I think that was poor judgment. I don't care what anybody else says that's my opinion, she's my daughter. That's definitely poor judgment on her side."
Dixson fired the babysitter immediately. No charges have been filed but she tells us the case has been handed over to the Department of Child Services. At the time of publication the video had been shared more than 300,000 times.