Ugandan nanny given 4 years for assaulting toddler

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 15, 2014 at 4:40 a.m.

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan nanny convicted of assaulting a toddler has been sentenced to four years in jail.

The maid, Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, pleaded guilty last week to assaulting a toddler in her care. The case sparked outrage in this East African country after video footage circulated that appeared to show the nanny beating a child under the age of 2.

Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, the nanny's lawyer, said Monday the punishment is appropriate and he does not intend to appeal. He said the court "spoke for many Ugandans."

The nanny said in court she had been driven to inflict violence on the child because she herself was being mistreated by her employers.

The case has led to calls by some officials for the child-minders to be certified before they can be employed.

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