PLEASANTON -- A baby sitter accused of abusing a Livermore baby boy in the toddler's bedroom pleaded not guilty to child abuse in court on Friday.
Moriah Gonzales, 20, who appeared in the Pleasanton courthouse with her attorney William Du Bois, was charged with one count of child abuse. A protective order has been issued against the baby sitter to stay away from children under 18 years old.
According to court documents released earlier this week, Gonzales, 20, was seen on video surveillance abusing the 13-month-old boy. She was arrested Feb. 19 after the toddler's parents called Livermore police when they reviewed the Nest "nanny camera" footage.
Du Bois told reporters outside the courthouse Friday that Gonzales has been "absolutely demolished" by the accusations.
"This ruins her whole life," he said.
Neither Du Bois or his client have viewed the video footage from the nanny camera, as police refused to let her view it when she was arrested, he said. Gonzales has been taking care of children for years and was very close to this boy, he said.
The camera was hidden in the boy's room and shows Gonzales initially holding him face to face and pacing with him to try to calm him down as he cried, Livermore police Officer Taylor Burruss said in a report.
In the video, crying could be heard and Gonzales is seen placing her hands closer to the boy's face and muffling his cry, the documents said. The baby began to squirm and kick and soon went limp, Burruss wrote.
Once the child was limp, Gonzales flung him over her shoulder, with the back of his head on her shoulder but facing up, he said. The video shows her putting him back in his crib and leaving the boy's room, Burruss said.
"She was just taking care of the child and putting him down," Du Bois said. "The child was not in any way mishandled or mistreated."
The incident reportedly occurred Feb. 18 at 10:53 a.m. and was reported to police about 3 p.m. the same day, police said. The mother told Gonzales to leave and then called police, according to court documents.
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Du Bois said, however, that the parents had Gonzales take the boy to the park first after they reviewed the video, and then had her leave.
Du Bois suggested that the parents of the child had a "special relationship" with police, and hinted that one of the parents was a police officer in another county. Livermore police said neither parent is an officer in their department. He said the boy was not examined by a doctor before her arrest.
"I'm really surprised the case was handled in the matter that it was, without further investigation," Du Bois.
Du Bois said the protective order is detrimental to her as she has friends who have younger brothers and sisters. In court, Judge Jaco Blea said that she is charged with felony child abuse and believed the order is appropriate.
Gonzales is due back in court on April 8 for a motions on the protective order. She remains out of custody on $100,000 bail.