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Teen babysitter pleads not guilty to child abuse


WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 19-year-old Rothschild babysitter has pleaded not guilty to hitting a 4-month-old baby hard enough that the swing the baby was in moved across the floor.

Jennifer Cronin was charged in March with three counts of felony child abuse after prosecutors say a hidden camera captured the incidents. She waived a preliminary hearing on the charges Wednesday and pleaded not guilty, according to Marathon County online court records.

According to the criminal complaint, the baby's father installed the so-called "nanny cam" in a family room because he was worried Cronin was not watching his two children carefully enough.

The camera captured Cronin striking the baby's head and face four times while the child was being fed in a swing March 1, the complaint said. The video also showed Cronin hitting the infant with a small towel across the face while the baby was on the sofa, the complaint said.

"Babysitter's frustration, anger and rage was very apparent by facial expressions during all incidents," the complaint said.

Cronin's attorney has said the accusations against Cronin are way out of character and she has no history of problems, not even a parking ticket.

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