A family is suing a Chicago domestic service agency for at least $450,000 after “nanny cam” footage allegedly captured a babysitter, referred by the business, abusing their 15-month-old daughter in February, 2011.
Andrea Aguilar, of the 2600 block of West Berwyn, was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 30 months of probation and anger management classes in September, 2011, after a Cook County judge found her guilty of choking and shaking the girl as she sat in her high chair.
Now the child’s parents, Jeremy Coram and Shadia Atiyeh, are seeking restitution, alleging the Rosalie Shore, owner of Accredited Domestics Agency, was not only negligent for referring the nanny but also committed fraud because she failed to adequately screen the Aguilar, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court Wednesday.
The family says their daughter suffered bruises and became increasingly withdrawn during the months Aguilar cared for her, according to the suit.
As a result of the abuse, they claim their daughter suffers from mental anguish, emotional distress, panic attacks and night terrors, the suit said.
The parents say they both suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of seeing the video, according to the suit.
Shore, or another representative for the business, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
The nine count suit seeks at least $450,000 in damages.