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Hoboken Nanny Gets Prison Time for Abuse Caught on Hidden Cam

Dechen Kyiden, 23, was arrested last year after assaulting a small child in a Hoboken condo complex. A hidden cam caught her slapping and kicking a 6-month-old.

A Hoboken nanny who was charged with aggravated assault last year after she slapped, kicked and dropped a 6-month-old baby in her care has been sentenced to three years in prison, her defense attorney said Thursday. 

Dechen Kyiden, a 23-year-old Chinese native, was sentenced in Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City, according to her defense attorney, Jef Henninger.

In the summer of 2011, Kyiden was hired through Sittercity.com by a Hoboken couple living in Maxwell Place to babysit their 6-month old boy.

In August 2011, the couple reported to police that the nanny had slapped the child and dropped him, police said. The abuse was captured on a nanny-cam, according to police reports.

Kyiden is eligible for a parole hearing in about six or seven months, Henninger said, which means she may be freed from jail sooner.

Henninger said the child did not suffer any long lasting injuries.

Kyiden is currently being held at the Hudson County Jail where she has remained for about three months, said Henninger.

The case didn't go to trial, Henninger said, adding it would have been a hard case to defend before a jury because such a small child was involved in the "unique crime."

Kyiden was charged with aggravated assault and endangerment of a child, crimes that typically carry ten years in prison. A compromise was reached in Hudson County Superior Court that resulted in the three-year prison sentence, Henninger said. 

Kyiden is not a United States citizen, Henninger said. He did not know what the case would mean for her immigration status.

Outofcontrol March 29, 2013 at 03:58 AM
When she is released she should be put on a plane and sent back to China. Let them deal with her.
@fawn liebowitz March 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM
The parents need to have their heads fixed... How well did they research this "sittercity.com"? Probably not too well. They left a six month-old with a stranger and this is what happened. Poor kid...
Janet March 29, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I've observed nannies being mean to kids, and wished I knew how to alert the parents. I'm talking about just passing a nanny and child on the street. I've learned from experience that if you step up and intervene, the kid gets even worse. Snap a picture, tell the police? This story makes me realize I shouldn't let it go.
Mahwah Resident April 01, 2013 at 03:00 AM
This woman needs to be deported right back to China. Three years only! What a joke! The agency should be shut down and owner also in jail!!!

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