New Jersey man found guilty of assault in ‘nanny cam’ attack

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Shawn Custis

NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey man has been found guilty of aggravated assault and other charges for a brutal 2013 home invasion caught on a nanny cam.

The jury on Wednesday acquitted Newark resident Shawn Custis of attempted murder.

The home security video showed a man punching and kicking a woman, then throwing her down the basement stairs. The woman’s young daughter was sitting nearby when the attack happened, and her 18-month-old son was asleep upstairs.

Custis’ attorney said the man on the video wasn’t his client. The lawyer also argued during the trial that a responding white police officer’s racist remarks about the black suspect that also were captured on the video tainted the investigation.

The 45-year-old Custis could face up to life in prison.