Abusive Swaddling: Nazila And Lida Sharaf Arrested; How Did They Neglect And Abuse Children? [VIDEO]
Two California sisters were arrested for abusive swaddling at a Livermore daycare center on Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Alameda County prosecutors charged both Nazila Sharaf, 35, of Dublin, Calif. and her sister Lida Sharaf, 33, of Mountain House, Calif. with three counts of felony child neglect and abuse and four counts of misdemeanor child neglect and abuse. They allegedly swaddled babies at the day-care center, Universal Preschool LCC, so tightly that they couldn't move their extremities and could barely breathe.
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California's Department of Social Services has closed the day-care center because of the alleged abusive swaddling.
The investigation into the abusive swaddling began when a 19-year-old woman who worked at the day-care center "quit in disgust" and notified authorities after witnessing children being restrained improperly, according to Livermore police spokesman and Officer Steve Goard. Goard said that the sisters had tightly bound three boys and four girls -- wrapping them in blankets to restrict their movements during naptimes.
The practice of swaddling is common for babies up to 6 months old, but older babies should be swaddled only if their parents request it, authorities said. The boys and girls at the day-care center were 7 to 11 months old.
In some cases, police said, the Sharaf sisters placed blankets over the children's faces, which could have blocked their airways. The sisters even knew that three of the children suffered from upper-respiratory conditions when they bound the infants.
"This was not a case of mere swaddling, but a case of abuse and neglect where the victims were being restrained," police said.
The Sharaf sisters are being held in lieu of $700,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
Abusive swaddling not only restricts breathing, but, according to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, improper swaddling can also lead to hip dysplasia. In other words, improperly straightening the legs to a standing position while wrapped in a blanket can loosen the joints and damage the soft cartilage of the socket.
If you want to know how to properly swaddle a baby and avoid improper or abusive swaddling, watch this video below:
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