Stafford County babysitter arrested on charge of assaulting baby

A Stafford County, Virginia, babysitter is accused of hurting a baby.

Lauren Siegel, 36, of Stafford, was arrested last Saturday following a review of video showing her pushing down the head of a 7-month-old into the floor of a playpen.

The video also showed the suspect “forcefully manipulating” the baby’s head to put a pacifier in his mouth, according to a Stafford County Sheriff’s Office news release Friday.

On Sept. 14, the baby’s parents reported that they suspected their baby had been abused when they came home and found a red mark on the side of his face. The parents reviewed video of their living room and saw what happened.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for assault and battery.

Siegel is held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. The baby was checked out by a doctor and no other injuries were found.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and a master’s degree in English Literature from The George Washington University.

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