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McKenna Newell

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah nanny faces charges after nanny cam footage recorded her allegedly abusing twin babies one morning after the parents went to work.

McKenna Newell, 20, of West Valley City, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with two counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony.

According to the charges, the father of the 5-month-old identical twins reviewed nanny cam footage from Jan. 5. After their parents left the home, the babies began crying while lying on the floor and Newell threw blankets on them.

The blanket on one of the babies "covered her face and her cries became muffled, she struggled to get the blanket off and appeared to be frantically kicking," the charges state.

After a moment, Newell took the blanket off the infant, picked her up and shook her, according to court documents. She then placed her in a bassinet. Police say that the baby kept crying, and Newell "aggressively shook the rocker/bassinet."

Newell picked up and held the crying girl until she calmed down before putting her back on the ground with her sister, police said. But when the girl again began to cry, Newell allegedly kicked her in the leg and rib area several times.

Footage from that same morning also shows Newell allegedly putting the infant on the couch "aggressively causing her head to bounce forward," and kicking the other baby "several times as she laid on the floor."

Newell later "placed both children on her lap and is seen on video covering their nose and mouth area with her hand," police said.

In a statement to police, charges state, Newell confirmed she is the person seen in the video and said "she was frustrated and didn't know what to do." She told police she "did not remember doing the things in the video and that she felt bad and embarrassed."

Newell used the Care.com website to promote her nanny services, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed. The company issued a statement saying the allegations are "deeply disturbing to us and our thoughts are with the family."

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"The individual in question did have a profile on Care.com which has now been closed but we do not employe the caregivers on our site and she is not, nor has she ever been, an employee of Care.com. The safety of our community is of paramount importance to use and we have proactively reached out to local law enforcement to provide whatever assistance we can," according to the statement.

After a $75,000 warrant was issued Wednesday for her arrest, Newell contacted police Thursday morning and reported to Salt Lake County Jail, police confirmed.