Jacksonville Fl– Nanny and child abuser, Jeannine Campbell, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for throwing, hitting in the head, and kicking the stomach of an eleven month-old boy placed in her care.
(Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Booking Photo)
The abuse by the fifty three year-old nanny was caught on a nanny-cam earlier this year. The police report stated that after Campbell had worked for the boy’s family for two years, an older child got an unexplained black eye so the parents put in the nanny-cam.
Last month, Campbell admitted in court to the abuse and plead guilty to three counts of child abuse. She was sentenced to eight years in prison plus seven additional years of probation. Campbell stated, “My heart is screaming every day. I’m so very sorry. I had never behaved so horribly.” Crying on the stand, she continued, “It’s hard to cope with what I did. I can’t believe that someone could do it, and, my God, it was me.”
Prosecutors got the nanny to admit that she had been angry with the boy’s family and Campbell also claims that her personal problems caused her to beat the boy. She also claimed that she did not recall doing it until she saw the videotape. The state of Florida contradicted her claim of memory loss when they played a recording of a phone call she made to her husband stating that she had hit and thrown the child.
Amanda Hammock, the baby’s mother, said on the stand that she had considered Campbell as her friend and that she trusted her. Amanda expressed the betrayal she felt over being deceived by Campbell. The boy’s mother told Campbell in court, “It is truly only by the grace of God that my son came out of this attack with nothing more than a split lip and bruises.”
Amanda said that Campbell’s reasons for hitting her son were “sorry excuses,” and asked the Judge to sentence Campbell to the maximum of fifteen years in prison. The boy’s mother told the nanny, “My husband and I trusted you with the two most precious parts of our hearts. Not only did you betray that trust, you betrayed the trust of our children. We now have trouble trusting anyone but the closest family members to watch our children.”
The judge told the family that he did not impose the maximum sentence because the boy ‘did not suffer any serious injuries,’ and due to Campbell’s age, she might have been in prison for the rest of her life.
Campbell’s husband says that, although he understands that the woman on the video tape was his wife, he says that she is not the woman he knows. He said, “You spend 30 years with somebody and you know every motion, every mannerism of them, and they weren’t there. It was like someone else had taken over.” Campbell’s husband and her lawyer claim that her “hormonal imbalance” caused her to beat and abuse the boy…
In spite of what the judge believes, this woman caused that boy terrible psychological damage that will not show up until later in life. She hurt him badly and the excuse of a “hormonal imbalance” is outrageous. Campbell willingly beat and kicked a defenseless baby. I feel that the judge should have given her that fifteen years.