childcare gone wrong

Childcare Gone Wrong-Cautionary Tales

Tuesday, December 30, 2008.

4-year-old who lost parents in Mumbai attack dies of long-term illness
Another tragedy befell the family of Mumbai attack victims Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg on Tuesday, as long-term illness claimed the life of the couple's 4-year-old son.

Dov Holtzberg, the brother of Moshe who was saved from the terrorist attack in Mumbai last month by his Indian nanny, had been struggling with a genetic illness since birth.

Babysitter accused of assaulting boy - Toronto
A 36-year-old Toronto man has been charged with sexually assaulting a boy he was babysitting. The 10-year-old victim was allegedly assaulted over the course of two years while in the care of the adult, Toronto Police said yesterday. "He would get to know families and eventually end up babysitting for them," Det. Liz Benoit said. "The investigation is continuing and there could be other victims out there."

Thomas Chung Tam has been charged with sexual assault, and two counts each of sexual interference and sexual exploitation.

Babysitter accused of child endangering - Montgomery
A Montgomery woman is under arrest after the child she was supposed to be watching was found wandering in the street. Jennifer Dula, 41, is charged with child endangering and obstruction. Her next court hearing is Jan. 12.

The incident occurred Dec. 20 but charges were just filed this week. According to Montgomery police, contractors found a small child walking down the middle of Wimbeldon Court around 7 p.m. Police were unable to find the parents.

Thursday, November 6, 2008.

Bangor Teen Charged With Underage Drinking While Babysitting (Washington TWP)
A Bangor teen was charged Monday after she threw an underage drinking party while babysitting at the home of a Bangor Area School District board member, police said.
Kelsey Speer, 18, was charged with underage drinking and furnishing alcohol during a party July 5 while she was at Steve Bussenger's township home watching his three children for the weekend, police said.
Babysitter Admits To Murdering Girl (South Auckland)
With her head hung low and tears running down her cheeks, Tiana Mary-Ann Kapea yesterday pleaded guilty in the High Court at Auckland to killing Jyniah Te Awa.
Jyniah died in September last year after a weekend of abuse at Kapea's hands, which included being kicked, hit on the head, smothered, thrown across the room and shaken with such vigour her head rolled back and forth.
Long Sentence Likely For Double Child-Sex Attack (Napier)
Richard Miller, 46, was found guilty in the High Court at Napier on six charges, relating to girls aged 6 and 10.
A jury yesterday found him guilty of committing an indecent act on the six-year-old in a car at Nelson Park on September 19.
He and the girl were seen in the car by volunteer community patroller Brooke Ibbotson, who followed it back to the girl's house.
Unemployed Miller, who frequently took the girl to and from school, was charged with committing an indecent act and an alternate charge of attempted rape.
The nature of the allegations triggered police to reopen claims of sexual abuse made against Miller in 1990 by a girl aged 10. Miller was her babysitter.

Thursday, October 9, 2008.

Boy's Hidden Tape Recorder Captures Abuse At Day Care (Orlando)
A tape recording of what a mother is convinced is abuse inside a Central Florida day care has prompted a Department of Children and Families investigation, Local 6 has learned.
Miranda Asura said that her 2-year-old son came home from Orange County's Brighter Beginnings day care with bruises so she sent him back with a tape recorder stashed in his backpack. Asura said audio of her son's crying and screaming is recorded proof that a teacher was beating the child.
Man is charged in abuse death of 17-month-old Hammond girl (Hammond)
Jose Mendoza was charged in the death of Savannah Fullgraf, who police said they believe he was taking care of Saturday night in the child's home in the 1200 block of Lakeview Avenue in Hammond, said Police Lt. Richard Hoyda. Hoyda said Mendoza is not the child's father, but he was described as a friend of the family who occasionally took care of the child.
Police say girl molested at daycare (Austin)
Austin police arrested a man they said inappropriately touched a 4-year-old girl at an unlicensed daycare in August.
According to the police report, Nicolas Hernandez Triana resides at the unlicensed daycare center and was at home with unsupervised access to the children on the date of the alleged incident.
Man appears before court on child abuse charges (Manitowoc)
A 23-year-old Manitowoc man faces felony child abuse charges after he was accused of hitting a 1-year-old boy while he was babysitting.
Craig Reif appeared before the Manitowoc County Circuit Court today to schedule an Oct. 16 preliminary hearing.
Man charged with severely beating toddler (Austin)
Braddick Lee Victorian, 22, is accused of beating his nephew so hard that the child received red marks and bruises to his head, face, legs, back, genitals and buttocks, according to affidavits made public Monday.
Victorian was babysitting the toddler for his sister, who had to work.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008.

Babysitter Arrested After Toddler Shoots 8-Year-Old (Miami)
Police say a teenager was arrested after a toddler he was supposed to be watching shot an 8-year-old girl.
A jail spokeswoman says 18-year-old Trevaris Brown was charged with child neglect and released on $7,500 bond.

Saturday, September 27, 2008.

Babysitter Cited For Not Having Children Properly Restrained (Ashland)
A 19-year-old babysitter involved in a car crash Thursday with three small children in her care has been cited for failing to follow lane markings and failing to properly secure her young passengers, police said.
Two of the children, girls ages 5 and 1 1/2, were taken by medical helicopter after the accident to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. The babysitter, identified by police as Yohanna Quezada of 115 Arlington St., Framingham, was taken by ambulance to the same hospital, while a 3-year-old boy was driven to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.

Thursday, September 18, 2008.

School Bus Leaves Child At Wrong House (Nashville)
A Nashville woman said that her granddaughter was dropped off by the school bus at the wrong stop, more than a mile from her house last week. The little girl sat alone and scared for nearly half an hour on the rural road. (Video)
Parents And Sitter Blame Each Other For Baby's Injuries (San Antonio)
Police are trying to figure out who is responsible for abusing the baby, who has broken bones, bruises, and bleeding inside his skull.The child's parents and his babysitter are putting the blame on each other.
Babysitter Indicted On Rape Charges (Hamilton)
A 20-year-old Hamilton man was indicted and arrested today on allegations that he raped a 21-month-old child. James Britton Fitzhugh faces two counts of rape, first-degree felonies punishable by up to life in prison, and two counts of endangering children, each punishable by two to eight years.
Two Women Jailed In Fla. On Child Kidnapping Charges (Biloxi)
Two women are in jail this morning in Ocala, Fla., on charges of kidnapping and grand larceny of a vehicle in connection with a Sept. 11 report of missing children in Biloxi.
An anonymous tip led to a search in Ocala, Fla., where authorities there arrested suspects Priscilla Cabrera, 17, and Ann Baker, 43.
The children's father, Omar Victorio reported 1-year-old son Justin Moses Thomas Victorio and Sabrina Luisa Victorio, 3, missing after he returned home on Sept. 11 and realized that his children and all of their belongings were gone along with their babysitter, Cabrera, and Baker.
Illegal Alien Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Child (Denver)
An illegal alien who worked in Denver was arrested last week and charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old Denver girl. Sheriff’s Detective Sally Dellinger identified the man as Javier Alfonzo Mendoza, 42, in the 300 block of Mooregate Lane, Lincolnton.
The incident occurred on Monday, Sept. 8, on Graham Road in Denver. The young girl told her mother the suspect was the babysitter’s boyfriend.

Sunday September 14, 2008.

Sitter booked in death of baby boy (Harvey)
A 5-month-old boy died in Harvey Thursday, allegedly after his baby sitter put him in her clothes dryer because she had become frustrated with him, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said.
The baby sitter, Ariel Smith, 19, was booked with first-degree murder.
Mother: Babysitter helped make sex tapes of my baby (Chester County)
The woman thought she had done everything to protect her children.
Yesterday, she took the stand in a federal courtroom and told how she learned that her babysitter, Concetta Jackson, had helped John Jackey Worman secretly tape sexually explicit videos of her infant daughter.
Worman, 41, of Colwyn, is charged in a federal indictment with 55 counts of manufacturing and one count of possession.
Missing 8-year-old boy found by alert Citizen (Las Vegas)
A missing 8-year-old autistic boy is back home, thanks to an alert citizen. The woman had just seen the boy's missing person flier at a bus stop when she got onboard and noticed the missing boy sitting right next to her.
It took just about three hours to find the boy. But those three hours were a journey for him. Metro officers say he wanted to go shopping. His babysitter told him no. So he ventured out on is own.
2 pit bulls kill 4-month-old baby in North Las Vegas (North Las Vegas)
North Las Vegas police say a 4-month-old baby girl was mauled to death by the family's pit bulls. It happened at the family's home. Police said this was a freak accident.
Neighbors say the baby was being watched by her grandmother -- while her parents were at work. It's not known at this time why the dogs attacked her.

Thursday, September 11, 2008.

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Babysitter charged with molesting 3-year-old (Goldsboro)
A Seven Springs man was charged Wednesday after authorities received a report that a young girl had been sexually assaulted.
Lonnie Aaron Taylor, 17, of 316 Ada Stroud Road, was charged with first-degree statutory sexual offense and crime against nature.
Boy, 3, drowns as Babysitter sleeps, Police say (North Port)
Police arrested Mary Dorsch, 20, Tuesday after the 3-year-old she was reportedly babysitting drowned in her home’s swimming pool. Dorsch reportedly fell asleep while she and Law were watching television in her bedroom.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

Cynthia Calleia
Police: Neglect led to son's death (St. Petersberg)
Cynthia Calleia knew that her 9-year-old daughter had serious problems.
She admitted trying to suffocate one brother. And she heard voices telling her to kill her mommy.
Still, investigators say Calleia left her youngest son, 4-month-old Antoine Powell Jr., alone with the girl.

Thursday, September 4, 2008.

Donald Downs
Sitter charged with molesting boy (Bradenton)
Deputies have arrested a babysitter on charges he molested a 7-year-old child at his home.
Charged with one count of Capital Sexual Battery is Donald E. Downs, 71 in South Manatee County.