Nanny Who Beat and Abused Boy Gets 8 Years in Prison

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.

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(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.

Sources:  Nanny Guilty Of Abuse Gets 8 Years – Jacksonville News Story – WJXT Jacksonville.

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6 Responses to Nanny Who Beat and Abused Boy Gets 8 Years in Prison

  1. Justine says:

    Pure monster. No person with the slightest humanity would ever do something so horrid to an infant. Should’ve sentenced her the maximum 15 years! She got off easy.

  2. jplanner says:

    I am a nanny who has been “friends” or friendly with the families I work for. Often there still is a power differential and in some jobs in the past, I have felt stuck and taken advantage of (people breaking agreements, not coming home on time, not communicating, c hanging job expectations, not paying me for overtime) because of needing a job or personal issue..ie I havent’ felt that I had the room to leave the job and I had to take whatever was dished out …like many people do in lots of different jobs. You take your bosses crap.
    How parents treat me, to be totally honest, does effect how I am with a child if it’s below a certain low level of disrespectful treatment. I think that some of the nannies who end up abusing kids might not realize that or be aware enough to make that asssociation. It’ s hard to admit it to yourself that anything adult does would effect your patience with a child. I’ve learned over the years to leave such situations no matter what.
    I was abused as a child so tend to take too much abuse in many relationships including with employers, have had to make myself very concious of how I feel and deal with it (or leave) in order not to pass on that abuse by loosing patience.
    babies and toddlers…particularly not your own…can be challanging. If you are mad at the parents in the moment you can loose patience and loose it if you are not careful. Nanny’s need to be really self aware of their own feelings and really present in the moment that they are taking care of a precious little one and that’s unrelated to the crap any adults involve might pass down.

    • simplyinawe26 says:

      wow, jplanner you really think that it’s the childs fault that the parents disrespect you? you should NEVER FUCKIN EVER treat a child like the way that woman did or worse or less. you treat a child as an innocent human being one who needs to be taught to be different ie different from the way the parents are. YOU can instill great things in a child as a babysitter and you really are gonna allow what and how the parents treat you affect how you treat their child? YOU don’t need to be a nanny either apparently! I would never allow you to watch my children that is sad. You are another example of a useless worthless person in the world and need to find a different job description get out of the babysitting field, cuz if anything you are taking yourself out of a situation that can easily turn into what happened with the child in the article above. GROW UP BE AN ADULT! A REAL ONE AT THAT!

      • simplyinawe26 says:

        wow, jplanner you really think that it’s the childs fault that the parents disrespect you? you should NEVER EVER treat a child like the way that woman did or worse or less. you treat a child as an innocent human being one who needs to be taught to be different ie different from the crazy people like that lady they need to be taught tobe the best, polite, loving,caring,respected! I can’t believe you actually think that it is okay to do that! that’s like saying that you agree with what that woman did to that poor innocent child! YOU can instill great things in a child as a babysitter and you really are gonna allow what and how the parents treat you affect how you treat their child? YOU don’t need to be a nanny either apparently! I would never allow you to watch my children that is sad. You are another example of a bad babysitter, one that can NOT be trusted in the world and need to find a different job description get out of the babysitting field, cuz if anything you are taking yourself out of a situation that can easily turn into what happened with the child in the article above. Don’t be that GUY! GROW UP BE AN ADULT! A REAL ONE AT THAT!

  3. Carol in VA says:

    Yes, the sentence was too short. Nobody takes the things that happen to children and women seriously enough.

    • simplyinawe26 says:

      yes i believe that judge made a poor decision and hope that the family appeal this decision as many and as much as possible. It is sad because if she was to kill that poor little baby she would have got the same amount of time. whats even sadder is that even though she got 8 years, she will be out in 4 because in jail it is NOT day for day. You get 85% of your time in federal prison and 2 for 1 days in any county and state prison. That woman could have still hurt that child mentally from swinging him and hitting him in the head and throwing objects at him the way she did.The Video is horrifying! Damage mentally and emotionally doesn’t show up INSTANTLY did the judge take that into effect? Chances are the baby is so young that he may forget about it but what if he never talks what if there is something wrong with the childs neck which can cause many different side effects some being inability to speak, hear, see, or even all together. yes the outside evidence is more up front but i didn’t see one time in any article that anybody (not including the parents) cared about the mental and emotional or even long term physical effects that can appear days or even months from now.that is crazy and secondly for the husband of 30 years,whatta joke! he might know his wife,but a lot of the time people hide things like she did from people because its wrong. she knew what she was doing and deserved life. even with life she would have got 15 years straight in jail but would go up for parolle after like 8 or 10. and had the lady known that she would have been recorded, she would have justwaited or done what shedid somewhere else. the only reason she apologized is cuz of her attorney. people can apologize all they want and cry and put on a good show when they are facing a judge and years in prison but the only reason is cuz she doesn’t want to be in jail.NOT because she regreted what she did. If she knew she was in the wrong, then on that video tape she would have caught herself and quit doing it. THAT is regret and being sorry…that is a human being realizing what they did was wrong.But ya know what 3 years from now,She will be into God reading her bible and actually feel sorry. Until then all it is is a joke. I am so sorry to the family for their grief, frustration, anger, and insecurities. God bless you and may you be able to move on from this tragic event with your head held high from the partial justice that was served regarding your son; God bless you.

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