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Childcare Gone Wrong-Cautionary Tales

Monday, December 31, 2007

Doctor Disputes Baby-Sitter's Version of Tot's Injuries
A Mount Olive baby-sitter accused of assaulting an 11-month-old boy told police she accidentally dropped the child twice while he was having a seizure, but the doctor who treated him said her version is "completely inconsistent" with the child's injuries, according to an arrest affidavit made public yesterday.
Khac Tam Nguyen, 31, was charged Friday with aggravated assault and child endangerment for causing the child head trauma, which has left him in critical condition. He suffered multiple skull fractures and bleeding in the brain and had to undergo emergency surgery, according to the affidavit.
Khac Tam Nguyen

Friday, December 28, 2007

Police: Parents Catch Nanny Abusing Their Son On Tape
Detectives in Georgia arrested a 23-year-old nanny after the parents of a child produced a video tape showing alleged abuse, authorities said.Detectives arrested Constance Smith of Rockmart Thursday.
Officials said Smith was charged after the parents of a 13-month-old boy reported they had a video of Smith slapping their child in the face, pushing the child to the ground and pinching the child on the leg. The family said they recently began videotaping their living room due to concerns they had about their son's behavior. The parents said they hired Smith from a national online childcare service that specializes in in-home child care -- called
constance smith

Death of 2 Year Old Alton Boy under Investigation
Alton police are investigating the death of a 2 year old boy as a suspicious death. The child, Max Eyer, died after midnight at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Police say the child was with a 26 year old babysitter in Alton.

Pair Arrested for Putting Child in Trunk
Lufkin police arrested a Diboll man and woman at Lufkin Mall Wednesday after a family saw the pair put a 7-year-old girl in the trunk of a car and drive off. LPD spokesman Lt. David Young said the incident was not kidnapping but an attempt by the child's babysitter to punish the girl for misbehaving. Officers arrested Wendy Lea Carroll, 30, and Joseph Daniel McGuire, 35, in the parking lot of Lufkin Mall after a witness called 9-1-1.

Dallas Boy Accidentally Shoots Twin Brother
A five-year old boy in Dallas is on the mend and in good condition after being accidentally shot by his twin brother. The boys were at their babysitter's home when the shooting took place. Tiffany Bates says the boys were left with her husband and a friend. At some point, the men left the two children alone. Dallas Police say that's when they found the gun and started playing with it.

N.J. Babysitter Faces Sex Assault Charges
A Williamstown woman is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy she was babysitting, police said Thursday.Christine Sigall, 32, was arrested Dec. 11, when the boy's mother reported the allegation to police, Monroe Detective Gene Sulzbach said.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Court Reverses Babysitter's Conviction in Infant's Death
A state appeals court has reversed the conviction of a 37-year-old woman in the death of a baby she was caring for at her home six years ago. Stephanie Bartok of Gillespie had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 8-month-old Andrew Hostettler. But Macoupin County Circuit Judge Joseph Koval ruled in December 2005 that the babysitter was guilty of a lesser charge, involuntary manslaughter.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Teenage Babysitter Accused of Raping 7-Year-Old Boy
A 17-year-old baby sitter is free on 150,000 dollars bond after she was accused of raping a 7-year-old boy. Police in NC say Alecya Patriece Tabb was looking after the boy at his home about a month ago when the incident occurred. She is charged with first-degree rape and statutory rape. She was held in the Wake County jail before posting bond.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Baby Left in Car While Sitter is in The Bar
An 18-month-old baby is being watched by his grand parents Sunday night -- after being left alone in a car for at least a half hour overnight. Suffolk County police say two women found the baby while his babysitter and her boyfriend were in a bar in Bay Shore.
Police have arrested a Long Island woman, Ruth Campos and her boyfriend on charges of leaving an infant in a car while they went into a bar. The child's mother left the baby with Campos while visiting relatives in upstate New York.
ruth campos

Friday, December 21, 2007

Undercover Nanny Aids in FBI Arrest of Nantucket Man
FBI agents arrested an island man at his home on Tom Nevers Road early Tuesday morning and charged him with federal mail fraud related to an alleged scheme to defraud his former employer, American International Group, Inc., of more than $1 million.

Hearing is Held in St. Louis Shaken-Baby Case
The father of a baby police say was shaken by a nanny said Thursday that his 4-month-old son was normal when he left his house on Oct. 26. Meanwhile, an attorney for the nanny said his client had sent text messages to her boyfriend that day saying the baby was having problems soon after her arrival.

Cops: Babysitter Helps 3-year-old Smoke Pot
An 18-year-old Michigan man has been charged with child abuse after authorities say he helped a 3-year-old boy smoke what appeared to be a marijuana-type cigarette and videotaped it. Felipe Francisco Garcia was arraigned Thursday on a second-degree child abuse charge. It carries up to four years in prison.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Cops: Babysitter Helps 3-year-old Smoke Pot
An 18-year-old River Rouge man has been charged with child abuse after authorities say he helped a 3-year-old boy smoke what appeared to be a marijuana-type cigarette and videotaped it. Felipe Francisco Garcia was arraigned Thursday on a second-degree child abuse charge. It carries up to four years in prison. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press say Garcia was baby-sitting in early December and handed the boy an object that resembled a marijuana "blunt." Police say Garcia, a friend of the child's mother, says the object was a cigar.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

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Kids Survive Fall Through the Ice
The boys' parents, James and Tracy Edwards, were driving home when they got the phone call that the kids had fallen through the ice. The babysitter thought the kids were playing in the park. Instead, they wandered onto the pond.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Babysitter Sentenced to Four Years in Prison
A Virginia Beach woman charged with putting children in a soundproof, hidden room in her garage was sentenced to four years in prison, Tuesday.

Child Molester Sentenced to 15 Years
A 50-year-old DeKalb County man convicted of molesting a 3-year-old girl received a sentence of 15 years in prison Tuesday for aggravated sodomy and child molestation.Roberto Hackett, of Stone Mountain, was found guilty of the crimes earlier this month. Prosecutors said Hackett was a family friend and frequent babysitter of the victim.

Probe Into CT Infant's Death Continues
The body of the Stamford infant who died Thursday while in the care of her Greenwich baby-sitter showed no signs of trauma, but further tests are needed before the medical examiner can determine the cause of death, police said yesterday.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ex-Hawaii Family Awarded $2 Million in Infant's Death
A former Honolulu military couple has won a $2 million judgment against the babysitter responsible for their child's death in 2004. The babysitter, Shawna Akin, left 13-month-old Aslyn Ryan unattended in a hot car in February 2004, then lied and concealed facts about the baby's heat stroke when she called emergency medical personnel at Hickam Air Force Base, according to a lawsuit filed by the baby's parents, Timothy and Deona Ryan.

Au pair Tells of Affair With Host Father That Allegedly Prompted Wife's Murder
Verena Dierkes was just two months out of high school when she left Germany to become an au pair in the outwardly idyllic Michigan home of Tara and Stephen Grant. But it wasn't long, according to prosecutors, before she began an affair with Stephen Grant that drove him to brutally murder and then dismember his wife.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Quebec Babysitter Sentenced For Corrupting Minors
SHERBROOKE, Que. - A babysitter accused of inducing minors in her care to take drugs, drink alcohol and participate in lewd acts was sentenced Monday to 18 months in jail.
The 35-year-old is alleged to have committed the acts between December 2006 and April 2007. "The gestures and their repitition suggests a depravity on the part of the accused," said Quebec court Judge Conrad Chapdelaine in rendering sentence. "The use of children to satisfy her instincts is heinous behaviour.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Babysitter Leaves Infant Alone in Apartment
A Collier County, Florida woman is behind bars Sunday after deputies say she left an infant child alone at home for nearly four hours while she went out shopping.
According to the Naples Police Department, Lydia Anglero left the baby home alone while she went shopping at Albertsons and Wal-Mart Saturday afternoon.
lydia anglero

Friday, December 7, 2007

Babysitter Accused of Abusing 4-Month-Old
LYNN, Mass. -- A babysitter is accused of shaking a 4-month-old baby boy until his brain bled. The baby's mother said her child was calm and smiling when she dropped him off at her babysitter's, Betsy Mira, apartment at 8 a.m. on November 28.
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St. Louis Nanny Accused of Baby Shaking is Released on Bail
A nanny accused of shaking an infant so severely he suffered blindness posted a $20,000 cash bond Thursday and was freed from jail. Rebecca L. Harris, 21, of O'Fallon, Mo., is charged with second-degree assault in what authorities said was the shaking of 4-month-old Kaleb Wakefield at the baby's home in St. Peters on Oct. 26.
rebecca l harris

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Boy Shot in the Leg at Babysitter's Home
A 12-year-old boy was shot in the leg at his babysitter's home in northwest Miami-Dade County.Police said they got conflicting accounts of what happened when they arrived at the scene. Anthony Estrada said he received a call from a woman who was watching his son, Emeny. She said her son had shot himself in the leg and Estrada should come pick up his son.

UK Babysitter Given Life for Baby Bashing May be Innocent
Babysitter Suzanne Holdsworth, 37, from Hartlepool, is serving life for allegedly smashing Kyle's head against a banister with a force akin to a 60mph car crash. Kyle's father, Jon Taylor, who is separated from Clare, questions whether Suzanne is to blame for Kyle's death. He told the BBC: "It just happened to be that Suzanne was babysitting him. I could have been babysitting him, so that would mean I'd have probably ended up in jail."
suzanne holdsworth

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Former Denver-Area Nanny Accused of Killing Own Son
A mother who who had worked as a nanny in Denver has been arrested in Arizona, charged with murdering her own son and then trying to commit suicide. Tucson Police said that, on November 29, Jennifer Jansma used powerful prescription pain killers to kill her son, Jordan Iacovetta, 8, then attempted to take her own life, but she survived.Jansma is a former nanny from the Denver area who used to work for some of Denver's top nanny agencies and used to watch the children of some very prominent families in Denver and Cherry Hills Village.

Babysitter at Fault in Crash That Killed Antioch 10-Year-Old Girl
The live-in babysitter of a 10-year-old girl killed in a traffic collision last week caused the accident by running a red light, Antioch police said today. Police arrested Anaid Hernandez, 22, on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving without a license and driving without insurance in connection with the Nov. 27 collision that killed Turner Elementary fifth-grader Sarai Rivera. Hernandez is free on her own recognizance pending the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office's review of the case.

Sitter Sentenced for Shaken Baby
A babysitter from Gwinnett County will have to spend 10 years in prison for shaking an infant so violently, the baby was left permanently disabled.Kaniz Jahid will have to serve an additional 10 years on probation for aggravated battery.
kaniz jahid

Kansas City Babysitter now Indicted for Murder
A Clay County grand jury has indicted a Northland babysitter with second-degree murder, accusing the woman of shaking a 4-month-old infant to death. Melissa Thompson, 36, surrendered to authorities today, a day after a grand jury reviewed the evidence against her and increased the severity of the criminal allegation.

Bond Set For Babysitter Accused of Scalding
A woman accused of scalding a 3-year-old boy as punishment, is held on $100,000 bond this afternoon. 25-year old Chanita Craig is charged with child endangering.
chanita craig

Texas Babysitter Accused of Child Abuse
Kerrville police and Child Protective Services are investigating allegations of child abuse against a private Kerrville babysitter. According to police reports, the father of a 1 1/2-year-old boy became concerned after picking up his son from the babysitter Thursday and discovering several injuries.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Boy Slapped by Babysitter
A woman running a daycare out of her home is charged with harassment for slapping a six-year-old boy in her care. The incident allegedly happened on October 12th in Linda Gaugler's Summer Lane home in Lititz.