A nanny who was arrested after police viewed hidden camera recordings that appeared to show her shaking a 5-month-old baby filed a lawsuit against the device’s manufacturer.
Claudia Muro, 32, alleged that the camera footage, which was broadcast on television around the country, was distorted and wrongfully led to her arrest in October 2003. She spent more than two years in jail awaiting trial before prosecutors dropped the case because of concerns about the tape.
Muro maintained her innocence, and said she was simply playing with the baby. Doctors found the girl had no injuries.
The lawsuit was filed against Boca Raton-based Tyco Fire & Security, according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
In March, Broward County prosecutors said experts they had consulted concluded the footage was not reliable as evidence because its videotape was time-lapsed, meaning that the movements that appeared to be rough shaking might not have been as violent as they appeared.
Robert McKee, Muro’s civil attorney, said the footage was misleading and consumers should be warned about problems with the images.
A Tyco official said the company does not discuss pending litigation.