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Childcare Gone Wrong-Cautionary Tales

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Honduran Babysitter Sought In Death Of Central Texas Toddler
Berny Figueroa, 29, of Brenham is wanted for capital murder in the death of a 2-year-old Central Texas girl. Thegirl was short of breath when her parents picked her up at Figueroa’s home, where the Honduran woman was babysitting the toddler. They took her to Trinity Medical Center where she died a few hours later. "We found her lower intestine was severed from the small intestine," said Brenham Police Detective Lloyd Powell, “which means something significant had to hit her in the stomach area to cause that damage to her." On Friday, police discovered that Figueroa had left the area.
She’s now the focus of a national search.

Florida Man Arrested for Molesting Babysitter
A Ocoee, Florida man was arrested for molesting his a babysitter on Friday. Corwin J. Boggs, 41, is accused of showing the 14-year-old girl explicit material when she came to babysit his son. Police say he then coaxed the girl into posing for nude photos, before molesting her.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Police: Babysitter Admits To Hitting, Swinging Baby
Bail was set at $1 million for 25-year-old Mona Walker on suspicion of felony child abuse.
The baby was taken in critical condition to the hospital Wednesday morning for treatment of head injuries, including a fractured skull. Walker first told police that she tripped over an ottoman while carrying the baby. Police say the baby has several head injuries, including a fractured skull. Walker admitted to punching the baby twice in the face and swinging her into a door. She said she was trying to get the baby to stop crying.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

3-Month-old in Critical Condition; Babysitter Arrested
Omaha, NE - A 3-month-old baby girl is in critical condition with head injuries and her babysitter behind bars. Police arrested 25-year-old Mona Walker for felony child abuse. Police say the baby, Lauren Wentz, has numerous head injuries, including a fractured skull.
Police say Walker claims to have tripped over an ottoman while carrying the baby. But police say "the investigation determined that injuries were not consistent with Walker's account but were the result of intentional abusive actions." (see follow up on Friday, March 28)

Canadian Teen Sitter Sentenced for Sex Offences
Of all the sex offenders Judge Michael McKee has dealt with during his years on the bench, the 13-year-old girl in his courtroom Wednesday truly didn't fit the stereotype. The girl, who can't be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was in court for sexual offences committed against a three-year-old girl she was babysitting.

Babysitter Pleads Guilty in Scalding Death
Jamie Lee Wilson pleaded guilty today in the December 2005 scalding death of her two-year-old goddaughter, whom Wilson was babysitting. Wilson, 23, will serve 31 to 40 years in state prison on charges of second-degree murder, child abuse, inflicting serious injury and first-degree kidnapping.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Man Held After Using Belt on Child
Salinas police said they had to use a Taser electronic stun gun on a man Saturday night before they could arrest him for striking a toddler with a belt in public view.
Raul Reyes Vasquez, 36, was at an acquaintance's home in the 1400 block of Del Monte Avenue along with a 2-year-old boy and the child's adult babysitter, police said Sunday. When the babysitter fell asleep, Vasquez took the child from the residence, officers said.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Babysitter Arrested on Suspicion of Child's Injury
A Waco woman who identified herself as a babysitter was arrested Friday after police say she hit a 10-month-old child and threw the girl on the floor, fracturing her skull. Tammy Beckett, 35, was charged with injury to a child after she turned herself in to police shortly before 2 p.m., Waco police spokesman Steve Anderson said.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Four-Year-Old's Brush With Treadmill Leads to Suit Against Babysitter
Four-year-old Connor Neal sustained severe injuries on his babysitter's treadmill last year, and now the boy's mother claims he has been "hindered and prevented" from attending to his "usual duties and affairs." Kathleen Neal, Connor's mother, filed a personal injury suit in Madison County Circuit Court March 13 against Sherry and Jerry Harrington of Granite City. Neal claims the Harringtons failed to w

Monday, March 17, 2008

Toddler's Babysitter Leaves Town
The babysitter who was caring for Myrtleford toddler Daniel Thomas when he disappeared is thought to have left the north-east Victorian town after the discovery of human bones under the house she once shared with the boy's mother. Police were this morning called to the Lawrence Street weatherboard cottage, which Daniel's mother, Donna Thomas, and Mandy Martin rented together when the toddler was reported missing five years ago.

Burglar Ties up Brentwood Babysitter
A Brentwood babysitter was assaulted and restrained by a burglar who broke into a home Monday morning, Suffolk Police said.Police said Cecilia Mendoza was babysitting her twin 3-year-old nieces when an armed, heavy-set burglar entered the home and confronted them.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Judge Orders Mental Evaluation After Baby Killer Requests House Arrest
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A Chesterfield babysitter convicted in the death of a toddler will stay behind bars for now.
Citing mental instability, a lawyer for Elizabeth Noakes asked a judge to let her serve out the remaining eight months of her sentence at home. The judge ordered a mental evaluation and plans to make a ruling in May. Meanwhile, Noakes' attorney plans to file an appeal

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Nanny Cam' Nanny Arrested
Stephanie Merrill, the nanny caught on tape abusing 7-month-old twins, was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of child abuse. (Yeay!)

Family Releases Hidden Video of Nanny in Abuse Case
A father, who secretly taped his nanny while his 5-month-old daughter was in her care, released the video to his local news station. (See video here.) Wesley Locklair, the father of the little girl, set up the hidden camera after watching a report on a cable news channel about nanny abuse. What he saw on the video he recorded after the first day prompted him to report the nanny to law enforcement officials, which opened a criminal investigation into the couple's hired nanny, 60-year-old Cheryl White.

Nanny Sues Former Bosses over Labor Violations
A 69-year-old California woman who spent four years working as a live-in housekeeper and nanny for an Atherton couple filed suit Thursday in federal court against her former employers, alleging that they violated labor laws by working her 14 hours a day, six days a week, and failed to give her the minimum wage, overtime pay or breaks. In her suit, Vilma Serralta says she was paid $1,000 to $1,300 a month to vacuum, mop and dust the 9,300-square-foot home, wash windows, cook, serve meals, hand-wash china and silver, make beds, launder and iron clothes, and bathe, dress and supervise the couple's young daughter.

Police Response Questioned in Sex Assault
After hours of sometimes sexually explicit text-messaging with a woman, a 20-year-old man arrived at the Anoka house where she was baby-sitting on Monday and allegedely sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl in the woman's care, according to charges filed in Anoka County District Court.

Trial Ordered in Baby's Death
A day care provider from Verona has been ordered to stand trial in the death of a four-month-old boy in her care. Thirty-seven-year-old Jennifer Hancock is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the September death of Lincoln Wilber. Hancock will also be tried on a charge of abusing the baby last August.

Kidnapped Sylvester Toddler Located, Babysitter Arrested
A Sylvester toddler is back safely with his mother Thursday night after he was reported kidnapped. His babysitter is in custody.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Babysitter Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges
A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to reduced sex charges involving two younger boys he was babysitting. The baby sitter, now 16, pleaded guilty to six counts of gross sexual imposition. He had originally been charged with rape of two boys who were ages 9 and 11 at the time of the alleged crimes.

Convicted Babysitter Headed Back To Court
Elizabeth Noakes has served four months of her one year sentence and now she is asking a judge if she can serve the rest of her time under house arrest. However, there was no decision on whether Elizabeth Noakes will be allowed to serve the rest of her jail sentence under house arrest, but the judge did agree to have her evaluated for the program.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Teen Admits to Shaking and Dropping Baby
A babysitter accused of shaking and dropping a baby more than a year ago pleaded guilty Monday in St. Lawrence County Court. Heather Hughes, 19, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a felony. Hughes admitted to shaking 10-month-old Megen Perham to stop her from crying.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Nanny's Bail Set at $12,000
60-year-old accused by parents of harming 5-month-old child
Cheryl Ann White, pleaded not guilty Friday in an Horry County magistrate courtroom to charges she abused a 5-month-old Garden City Beach girl. White, 60, is charged with one count each of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Police charged White on Thursday after the child's parents, Wesley and Leslie Locklair, said a hidden video camera they installed Feb. 26 caught their daughter being physically abused

Friday, March 7, 2008

Babysitter Charged with Rape of 6 Year Old Girl
Earlier today, Delaware State Police detectives assigned charged a 27-year-old Kevin P. Phillips with 30 felony charges including first-degree rape and unlawful sexual contact. The investigation began March 2 when the victim’s father took the child to Troop 7 and filed a report of sexual abuse. According to the father, his daughter stated their babysitter, later identified as Phillips, allegedly touched her “privates” and sexually assaulted her numerous times. The alleged incidents occurred at the girl’s home in Lewes.

Babysitter Accused with Sexual Abuse Charges Rejects Plea Offer
A Utica man facing charges of sexually abusing a 6-year old girl he was babysitting was in court Friday where he rejected a plea offer. Michael Chicherchia faces several charges, including predatory sexual assault of a child and three counts of sexual abuse.

Babysitter Receives 2 life Terms in Assault
A 19-year-old babysitter whom a prosecutor called "a predator" was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive life in prison terms for sexually assaulting his 5-year-old charge.The May assault was witnessed by her 4-year-old brother in their Sparks home, authorities said. A Washoe County jury found Jeromy Lowell Nelson guilty of two counts of sexual assault on a child.

Baby Dies; Babbysitter Arrested Amy Leighanne Thomas was arrested at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Bogalusa Police Sgt. Darrell Darden. If convicted, she faces either the death penalty or a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

August Trial set for Twin Brothers in Killing of Babysitter
Twin 28-year-old brothers were arraigned Wednesday in connection with the killing of a 20-year-old babysitter who confronted them about giving drugs to his sister.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

'06 Child Death Ruled Murder, Sitter Arrested
A year and half investigation into the death of a 15-month-old baby girl in 2006 has led to the arrest of her babysitter, FOX 26 reports. Brandon Roy Vestal is accused of thrownig Brooke Blackerby off a 12-foot-high balcony while he was babysitting the toddler in Hull, Texas. Blackberby was eventually flown via LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she died a few days later from itnernal injuries.

Babysitter Charged with Infant's Fatal Injuries
A 19-year-old upstate woman is being charged with causing the death of a 10-month-old girl she was baby-sitting in February 2007. St. Lawrence County sheriff's investigators say Heather Hughes of Colton caused the death of Megen Perham by shaking and dropping the infant. The death has been under investigation since an autopsy showed that the baby had suffered a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Man Accused of Sexual Relationship with Babysitter in Amber Alert Case New details have emerged about Brett Wolfe, the father of a toddler who was the subject of an Amber Alert last week. CBS 5 reports he was having a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old girl who left with his son. Wolfe claims the babysitter lied to him. "This wouldn't have happened if that girl wouldn't have lied to me and kidnapped my son," he said. "I believe I was set up from the start."

Monday, March 3, 2008

Babysitter Accused Of Tying Up Boy With Duct Tape
Duct tape has had many uses over the years that go far beyond the air-conditioning system.
Saturday, Charles Leo Osteen Jr. bound a 7-year-old boy to his bed with duct tape while Osteen went to pay bills, a Pasco County sheriff's report says.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Three Year Old Lenox Boy Dies After Suffering Injury From Babysitter On February 8, Jessie Snow was charged with allegedly causing severe head injuries to the three-year-old child. Deputies alleged that Snow recklessly caused the injury to the child by slamming the child's head onto a concrete floor, causing a subdural hemorrhage and skull fracture.