2-year-old Boy Bruised and Beaten, Babysitters Blamed

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2010 at 11:37 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2010 at 11:37 PM EDT

Two women are facing criminal charges accused of beating a two-year-old boy they were babysitting. Twenty-four year old Kellie Smith says she left her two-year-old son and six-month-old daughter with two of her friends at a house on Miller Avenue while she went to work.

"She offered to baby-sit and I said okay, I never thought she would do something like this," Smith.

Kellie says she's known the babysitters, 23-year-old Amanda Seneca and 19-year-old Sherry Call for the past couple of years.

He thought she trusted them but says that all changed when she got a call from the babysitters' roommate.

"She made him stand in a corner on a bag of rice or kneel on it, if he got out of the corner she would push him back in the corner. He wouldn't stay in the corner so she put him in the closet and locked him in the closet and hit him with a belt and a spatula," said Smith.

Kellie took her son to the hospital. He was seen for bruises on his legs, back and face and contusions surrounding his genitals.

"I'd like to get a hold of them and do the same exact thing, same exact thing to them and see how they like it," said Lori Finnegan, the boy's grandmother.

The babysitters who were arrested and later released, admitted to hitting the boy multiple times, saying the mother gave them permission.

"The first time, I tapped him on the butt with a belt. I didn't whip him because there's two different things between whip and tap," said Seneca.

"She said I could tap him, she gave me full permission if he didn't listen to her I was the second in command," said Call.

The babysitters are firing back at the boy's parents. They say he already had bruises when his mother dropped him off.
"The boy came in with a black and blue eye, we all seen it. I went to go change his diaper because they were both wet.... I seen bruises on his legs, the back and the arm."

Smith denies those allegations. She says the two babysitters should be behind bars.

"I feel they should be in jail and locked away. They assaulted my son and put bruises all over his body," said Smith.

The babysitters say they are being charged with felony counts of child endangerment. They'll be back in court in May 10th.