Received Thursday, August 6, 2009
Physical description of caregiver:
Asian (possibly Vietnamese) woman, mid twenties, hair in mid length pony tail
Physical description of involved child/children:
Little girl around four, wearing a lavender small print "sack" dress. Blond hair, cut in chin length "Dutch girl" bob.
Address or venue of observed incident:
Corner of 53rd and Park Avenue, Lever House courtyard, NYC
Date and time of incident:
Noon, Wednesday, August 5th.
Detailed description of what you witnessed:
In this office building courtyard are a number of sculptures of Hello Kitty characters over 10 feet high. One sculpture is standing on a platform in the middle of a fountain, spitting water out of its eyes (if you've been there, you know the statue I'm talking about). This little girl was walking around and around the fountain, dipping her arms up to the shoulder, taking coins out. Her dress was soaked. At one point, she bent over, put her face in the water and was blowing bubbles. The front of her hair was wet. She was also walking on the rim of the fountain (had she fallen, it would have been into about 2 feet of water). The nanny was standing there, about ten feet from the little girl, facing out at Park Avenue (and away from the girl), talking on the phone. In addition to the fact that she was not preventing her charge from virtually drinking the water in this nasty fountain, and soaking her clothes, and walking on a slippery, dangerous surface, she wasn't even looking at her on this busy Manhattan street at lunchtime, where she easily could have been grabbed and vanished in a heartbeat. When I walked by again twenty minutes later, they were still there in exactly the same situation.
Description of vehicle, bag, stroller that may aid in identifying involved caregiver:
The nanny had a stroller she was leaning on, but I honestly didn't notice a thing about it.