Nancy Nordland became a household name after a grainy surveillance video captured her on June 12 willfully hacking on a baby’s face at a South Side Yogurtland.
Outrage ensued once the baby’s mom, Mireya Mora, went public a day later with the story on the local ABC News affiliate.
A Change.org petition demanded Nordland’s firing as TV news thrust the incident into national headlines. Before anyone knew Nordland’s name, the San Jose Police Department asked for the public’s help identifying the woman shown in security footage sporting an all-white outfit and short blonde ’do.
It wasn’t long before websleuths zeroed in on a suspect.
Nordland, they learned, worked as a special ed instructor at Oak Grove School District, where some parents came out of the woodwork with claims that she mistreated students.
Then, radio silence. One week turned into several, with no update from SJPD or the school district. At this point, it’s been a couple months since a story’s been written about the infamous notorious cougher.
What we do know is that an arrest warrant was filed a month ago by the DA, accusing 65-year-old Nordland of committing “a violent injury on” year-old “Mora Doe.”
Aidan Welsh, the prosecutor assigned to the case, told Fly that Nordland’s still on the lam. Alas, Fly’s calls to Nordland went straight to voicemail. A knock on the door of her San Jose home went unanswered.
Welsh urged tipsters to give SJPD Det. Dan Bowman a heads-up at 408.277.4161.
“Our office takes this seriously,” Welsh added. “Even if we were not in the middle of a pandemic, the defendant’s actions would be unacceptable. It is now more important than ever to treat each other with compassion and exercise personal responsibility.”
So, there you have it.
Nordland’s still out there—hopefully out of the coughing distance of anyone’s baby.