When US mum Brittany Dixon checked Facebook during her lunch break, what she saw shocked her: a video of her seven-month old daughter going viral.
‘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",’ Dixon told WISHTV. ‘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.’
Mother Desiree Howel recorded the footage of the seven-month-old and her babysitter at Greenwood City Centre Park in Indiana and posted it on Facebook.
‘You have got to be kidding me,’ said Howel, ‘She is abusing this child. Baby is crying. And swallowing this water. Pray this baby won't drown in her sleep!!! She has been yelling at her telling her to get over it. It’s part of being a kid. Heard this baby is only 7 months old....AND NOT HERS!!!!! SHARE SHARE SHARE!!!!!’
As soon as she saw the video, Dixon left work to collect her child.
‘I really appreciate everyone who worked to find me and helped to make sure Nora is OK,’ Dixon said.
The babysitter was fired and child welfare officials are currently investigating.