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Childcare Gone Wrong-Cautionary Tales

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Defendant in Craigslist Murder Says He Watched Friend do Killing
The defendant then admitted that he was present when Katherine Ann Olson was killed, but that another person had killed her. The defendant stated that he has a friend that thought it would be funny, according to the complaint. (Read More.)

Bail set at $1M For Suspect in Murder of Woman Who Answered Nanny Ad
Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 19-year-old man accused of killing a woman who had answered a Craigslist ad for a nanny.
Michael John Anderson was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Katherine Ann Olson, 24, of Minneapolis.

Craigslist Nanny Murder Reinforces Online Dangers
Twenty-four-year-old Katherine Ann Olson was looking to make extra money babysitting, so she did what many young people do: go to the Web to check job postings on the popular Web site, She had success with a job hunt on before. She worked as a nanny for more than a year. (Read Full Article.)

Teen Charged In Death Of MN Woman Who Answered Craigslist Ad
Authorities say they found blood stains and a .357 Magnum in the home of a 19-year-old Savage man accused of killing a woman who answered an Internet ad for a babysitter. (Read More.)

Nanny Resigns Over Moss' Party Lifestyle
Kate Moss' nanny has reportedly quit because the star's party lifestyle made her job impossible.

For those following the McCann case:
Madeleine: Nanny 'Caught Stranger Hiding Outside Apartment Before She Disappeared A nanny working at the resort where the McCanns were saying has claimed she saw a stranger hiding outside their apartment on the night Madeleine disappeared. She is said to have spotted the man in the summer of 2006 as she babysat in the same apartment the McCanns stayed in for a six-year-old boy whose parents were playing tennis. (Read More.)

Monday, October 29, 2007

UPDATE: Craigslist Murder Charges Expected Tomorrow
The 19-year-old man from Savage suspected of having something to do with the death of Katherine Ann Olson is expected to be charged tomorrow by the Scott County Attorney. (Read More.)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Craigslist Nanny Found Dead in Car Trunk
Police in Minnesota say an online ad may have cost a young woman her life.
They say Katherine Olson was last seen by friends when she went to meet someone about a nanny job posted on, the Internet bulletin board.

Babysitter Charged With Beating Child To Death
HENDERSON COUNTY, Texas Police have arrested a babysitter for beating a 2-year-old to death.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Two Children Hurt in Arson Fire Set by Babysitter's Jilted Boyfriend
A man went into his ex-girlfriend's home and kidnapped his 6-month-old daughter early Friday morning before setting a fire that seriously injured two other children, police said.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Woman to Serve Year for Daycare Death
Yesterday's judgment comes a year and seven days after Noah Alexander Colassaco was found fatally injured at Elizabeth P. Noakes' home in a subdivision just south of Providence Elementary School. The boy died in a freak accident after he poked his head between the top of his crib and a cardboard divider that Noakes had placed over it and weighed down with a 32-pound metal dog crate folded flat. Noakes, who watched other children in her home for several years, testified at her June 25 trial that she placed the items on top of the crib to deter the boy from standing up and crying or making noise during nap time. She said she carefully tested and balanced the items so they wouldn't fall or cause the child any distress.

Live-In Babysitter Charged with Murder
A live-in babysitter is charged with two counts of murder, in the death of a three-month-old child. Police arrested 30-year-old Jesse Edwards for the death of Carlito Ortiz. Police say that about two weeks ago, the infant stopped breathing as Edwards was giving him a bath. Eight days later, the boy died. Medical experts who've reviewed the case say Ortiz's brain injuries are consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Police Say Video Captures Sex Assault
An Austin man is being held facing possible second degree sexual assault charges after a video surveillance camera caught him in what police say was an inappropriate act with a 4 year-old girl.Police say 55 year-old Ken Leichtnam of Austin was arrested after the owners OF the house where Leichtnam had been baby-sitting turned over a video tape to police. (Read More.)
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Babysitter Charged With Felony Neglect
One 3-year-old boy riding a bicycle weaved in and out of traffic while being chased by adults trying to stop him Monday on North Tennessee Boulevard, a Murfreesboro Police officer reported.A witness told police she saw the child almost struck by oncoming traffic, Officer David Blackwell reported.Police rescued the child and charged sleeping babysitter Douglas Wayne Brown, 27, of 1524 Rochester Drive with felony child abuse and neglect, the officer reported. (Read More.)

Baby Death Jury Can't Decide
Over the past two months, a Placer County jury has heard two very different explanations of what happened to 15-month-old Hannah Rose Juceam. Prosecutors used medical experts and testimony from the dead girl's parents to point the finger at defendant Veronica Martinez Salcedo, the 36-year-old nanny accused of violently shaking Hannah, causing her death.
Following three days of deliberations in Auburn last week, the jurors sent word to Judge Robert P. McElhany that they were deadlocked. (Read More.)
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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Truck Driving Babysitter Denied Parole
A Loudon (New Hampshire) woman in prison for a truck crash that killed a 10-year-old girl will stay there for at least another five years.
Nancy Lamprey's pickup slammed into a tree in Loudon in September 2000, killing Katie Silva and hurting five other children. The kids were in the covered back of the truck and said Lamprey was swerving on a dirt road to amuse them. (Read more.)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Babysitter Accused of Molesting 6-Year-Old Boy
A family trusted 15-year old babysitter to take care of their little boy, but instead deputies say she sexually assaulted the six-year-old.
Brittany Veres is accused of performing oral sex on the boy while she was babysitting.
Reports say the victim was asked "if Brittany's mouth touched his peeper" and the boy said yes.
(Read More.)

Babysitter Accused Of Abusing Kids Bound Over To District Court
A Norfolk, Nebraska, teen charged with sexually assaulting two girls he was babysitting will be tried as an adult.16-year old Adam Underwood waived his right to a preliminary hearing and has been bound over to district court. His next appearence in court will be his arraignment on October 29th.Underwood is accused of sexually assaulting two pre-school aged girls while baby sitting them in March. Source: KTIV Channel 4 News

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Nanny Firm Sued by Family of Slain Texas Toddler
The family of a 14-month-old TExas boy who died in his nanny's care in 2005 filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the north Oak Cliff service that provided her. Lawyers for the family of Kyle Lazarchik said his nanny, Ada Fernandez, beat him to death by repeatedly slamming his head against a kitchen cabinet door.
Fernandez was convicted of capital murder last year and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Her lawyers said the injuries were caused when Kyle fell off the kitchen counter and the next day hit his head against a door frame. (Read More.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Florida Babysitter Charged with Murdering 2-Year-Old Girl
A woman was charged with murdering a 2-year-old girl she was caring for by hitting her so hard that she fell and cracked her head open. Tyra L. Williams, 29, confessed to hitting the girl in anger, but other injuries also point to sexual abuse, said police spokesman Lt. Robert Voss. She has declined to talk to authorities about the other injuries. (Read more.)

Florida Babysitter sentenced to 20 Years
A woman accused of abusing two children she was babysitting is sentenced to 20 years in prison and 10 years probation.
Charity Sato, 23, pleaded guilty to four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior last month. She's accused of using a sex toy on an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl she was babysitting.
Prosecutors say she also spiked the children's drinks with alcohol and supplied them with cigarettes. (Video Story)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sex-Assault Babysitter Gives Birth, Misses Sentencing
A Halifax-area woman convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy she was babysitting had a good reason for not showing up for her sentencing Friday.
Pamela Ruth Collins, 40, gave birth to a baby earlier this week, Justice Margaret Stewart was told in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. The baby is not the victim’s, defence lawyer Peter Mancini told reporters outside of court. (Read More).

Friday, October 12, 2007

Former Dole Executive Sued By Nanny
A former nanny's lawsuit against a retired Dole Food Co. executive she accuses of repeatedly raping her -- and his lawsuit claiming she blackmailed him -- will be heard by 14 jurors, a judge ruled Friday. (Read More.)

Western New York Man Accused of Raping Babysitter
A western New York father is facing charges he repeatedly raped the 15-year-old girl who babysat for him and his wife. Prosecutors say Smith also could face federal charges for allegedly using his cell phone to videotape himself with the girl.

Friday, October 5, 2007

One Year Old Dead; Homicide Investigating (Developing Story)
St. Louis city police are investigating the suspicious death of a one year old child left with a babysitter. (Read More.)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Custody Issue Arises in Child Abuse Case -Follow Up
Child protective authorities are attempting to determine if the woman accused of intentionally scalding a toddler she was baby-sitting should lose custody of her own daughter. (Read More).
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This story first appeared on Tuesday, October 4, 2004.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Sex offender moves back to Spring Valley
A high-risk sex offender has moved back into the community, officials said today. (Read more.)

No more using libraries as babysitters....
Dropping Your Kids Off? Could Be Against the Law

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Babysitter Convicted Of 2nd-Degree Murder In Death Of 8-Month-Old
An Orange County Superior Court jury, which deliberated less than a day, also found 32-year-old Sunhye Choi guilty of a second charge of child abuse causing injury or death.
Choi had watched the baby, Nicole Jeong, for about five weeks. (Read More.)

Las Vegas Child Seen on Video Tape Was in Care of Sitter When Rape Took Place
Attorney Jerry Donohue called the woman "a typical American single mother" who worked six days a week and was "trying to be 'supermom.'" He said the abuse appeared to have taken place about four years ago while the child was left in a baby-sitter's care. Donohue said he knows who the babysitter was when the mother believes the girl was attacked, but could not reveal that information because of the police investigation. (Read More.)

Sitter Charged in Child-Scalding Case
Police arrested a baby sitter Tuesday after a child in her care suffered severe burns from scalding bathwater. Chasity A. Pasinello, 24, was arrested after a 31-month-old boy in her care ended up in the hospital with second- and third-degree burns to both feet. (Read More.)
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