Shocking Footage: Mom Tells How a Carer Slapped, Manhandled Her Autistic Son

Published February 10th, 2020 - 07:59 GMT
Peter, who has autism, epilepsy and is unable to speak, pictured at home in Bartley Green. (BPM)
Peter, who has autism, epilepsy and is unable to speak, pictured at home in Bartley Green. (BPM)
Carer from Birmingham is seen putting hand over his mouth and slapping him

An experienced carer dragged a young autistic man from his bed, forced her hand over his mouth and brutally slapped him about in a catalogue of shocking scenes caught on camera.

Now the shocking footage has been released by the devastated mother of Peter Evans, a 20-year-old man who has autism, epilepsy and is unable to speak, to show the terror he endured at the hands of trusted carer Pearline Baugh.

The 62-year-old mum-of-four from Sheldon, in east Birmingham, has been jailed for four months after admitting a charge of ill treating an individual. 

In one sickening clip, Peter is seen being viciously dragged from his bed in the dead of night, with Baugh forcing him to stand still while she sits on a sofa vaping. 

In another shocking incident, the carer can be heard hitting Peter before going on to hold her hand forcefully over his mouth.  

Baugh had been taken on as a night carer after Peter began struggling to sleep and his single mum, Louise - who also has an 11-year-old son with ADHD, autism and epilepsy - needed extra help.

While Louise, 41, slept upstairs at the family's Bartley Green home, Baugh was downstairs - supposedly taking care of Peter.

But when Louise checked back over the footage she uncovered the brutality of Baugh, who had 'become like a member of the family'.

Other footage found was said to show the carer - branded 'evil' by Louise - pushing Peter on to his bed and bending his body in half.

Speaking to BirminghamLive, Louise said she had been left devastated by the attacks, which have had a lasting impact on her, Peter and the wider family.

She said: 'I am heartbroken, what I saw on those videos destroyed me. I trusted Pearline Baugh and she became like a member of the family but she was just a good actress. She is evil.

'I'd had a security camera installed in my living room. Not to monitor the carer, but to keep an eye on the boys if I needed to go into another room. Pearline was even aware of the camera - it wasn't hidden away.

'She had been a carer for Peter for months. She became like a family member and would say how she could 'understand' what I was going through and how she was there to help. 

'But one day, last year, I happened to check back over the footage taken in the living room and I was horrified. I saw Pearline dragging Peter by his pyjamas, bending his body in half, pushing him onto the bed and slapping him around the face.

'I was utterly heartbroken. The more I looked at the videos, the more incidents unfolded. I confronted her a few days later when she arrived for her usual night shift and she denied everything. I told her to get out of my house and I contacted police.'

Louise handed over the video footage to officers who carried out an investigation, before arresting and charging Baugh.

'I can't bear the thought that this was going on under my roof while I was asleep upstairs. Everyone will tell you, I am totally devoted to my boys and I will never leave them - even with a carer - but the thought that this could go on while I was in the house has been unbearable,' Louise added.

'I can't trust anyone anymore. Thankfully, my dad has stepped in to help care for Peter through the night while I sleep. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have him.

'The woman is evil. I would have preferred her to have done this to me.

'Instead, she chose Peter - a vulnerable man who could not communicate to tell people what was happening.'

Last month, Birmingham Crown Court heard how Louise had contacted Dolphin Care Services, who provided Baugh as Peter's designated night carer.

Joshua Purser, prosecuting, said: 'He had no verbal communication skills whatsoever. He was prone to fits several times a day.

'He was a young man who needed a great deal of care. 

'There were incidents where the young man was slapped around the face, pushed on to his bed, his body bent in half, his arm twisted and his mouth covered.'

Baugh was also captured grabbing the victim around his face. The footage showed at one end of the spectrum heavy handedness and at the other the defendant 'inflicting unpleasantness' on him, the court was told.

In passing sentence Judge Heidi Kubic said that the victim was 'one of the most vulnerable people in our society.

'I saw the footage which showed your abuse of him over three nights.' 

Lucinda Wilmott-Lascelles, defending, said Baugh had struggled to accept what she had done and was 'shocked, mortified and disgusted with herself.'

She said Baugh had been a carer for 30 years but, 'broke under stress, pressure and frustration.'

The defendant had needed to use a degree of force to control the victim's fits and prevent him from injuring himself, she added.

'At the time of the offence she was struggling with her own personal battles with mental health,' she said.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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