Nanny accused of smothering baby on hidden camera appears in court

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by KHOU.com Staff

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Posted on August 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 10:59 AM

HOUSTON—A nanny accused of smothering a baby multiple times a day after being caught on a hidden camera appeared in court Friday morning.

Tirza Magana, 48, is charged with endangering a child, a felony. She made her bond of $10,000.

Magana was arrested on Wednesday after a Montrose-area couple found disturbing video of her on their nanny cam.

The defendant was hired to watch the baby after the child was born in January. In late May, the parents noticed that the baby was acting strange.

After setting up a hidden nanny cam, they found Magana carrying the baby around by the head, tossing her in the crib and smothering the child on more than one occasion, according to court documents.

The parents fired Magana and called the police.

According to investigators, Magana admitted that she smothered the baby multiple times a day for a month and even realized that her actions could have caused the baby’s death.

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