The Filipina nurse in Torrance, California caught allegedly abusing her patient on a nanny cam pleaded not guilty during her first court appearance.
It’s been two months since the video of nurse Thelma Manalastas allegedly abusing her 2-year-old patient was released. She appeared in court on Monday morning for her arraignment.
Manalastas pled not guilty to a pair of misdemeanor child abuse counts.
Last June, while Dyana and Chris Ko were at their elder son's basketball game they saw video of Manalastas appearing to handle the child roughly thru a nanny cam app.
They immediately called police and Manalastas was arrested, freed on bond, and quickly fired by Maxim Agency after its own investigation.
As prosecutors asked for the judge to restrict her from being left unsupervised with children under 10 years old, they enumerated the incidents caught on tape.
Her attorney rebutted, saying she does not pose a threat to children and briefly describing her career as a nurse.
After prosecutors admitted that there is no other reason to believe Manalastas has been involved in other child abuse cases, the judge ordered that Manalastas be kept away from children under 5 years old.
Both Manalastas and the Ko family declined to comment on this hearing.
Manalastas, who has been out on bond, is scheduled to return to court on the 28th of August.
In the meantime, the Ko family has also filed a civil lawsuit against Manalastas and Maxim Agency.
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