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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Babysitter Takes Stand in his own Huntley Hearing
UTICA - A man accused of sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl he was babysitting took the stand during a hearing Wednesday in Oneida County Court. It was an evidence suppression hearing where defense attorneys try to keep certain evidence from being admitted at trial.
In this case, it was a recorded, 'controlled' phone call during which Chicherchia allegedly admitted the abuse to the child's mother.

Babysitter To Be Released From Prison
A babysitter who left a baby boy inside a hot car back in 1999, killing the child, is expected to be released from prison Thursday. 11-month-old Bryan Puckett died in July 1999 when Karen Murphy left him in the hot car in a Lexington store parking lot. His parents went on a national crusade that resulted in the passing of Kentucky's "Bryan's Law." Now when a child dies in a hot car the person responsible faces a manslaughter charge and the possibility of ten years in prison.

Babysitter Charged After Child put on Roof
Hennepin County prosecutors allege a babysitter from Minneapolis put a 6-year-old girl on a second-story roof and wouldn't let her back inside.They also claim in charges filed Tuesday that a witness saw 19-year-old Vanessa E. Sparks dangling an infant out of the window of a two-story Minneapolis apartment. The criminal complaint says the 6-year-old crawled back inside and told police she was let back in by her sister.Sparks is charged with two counts of endangerment of a child, a gross misdemeanor.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mother Accuses Babysitter of Inappropriate Touching
A Buffalo babysitter is being accused of inappropriately touching a two-year-old boy. The child's mother tells police her son told her about the sexual contact last week."It's said," said Keita. We're withholding her last name to protect the identity of her son. "I never would expect it in a million years.""He came home saying that he wanted someone to kiss his private parts," she said.Keita confronted the babysitter before calling police and said the unidentified women admitted to the inappropriate contact.

Dodge Babysitter Pleads Not Guilty
A Dodge County, GA woman accused of shaking a baby to death in January pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday.
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Four-month-old Jaci Morgan Rogers died in January, and a medical examination called her death "a classic case of shaken-baby syndrome," according to Greg Harvey, special agent in charge of the GBI's Eastman office. Her babysitter, Amy Rogers Jones, now faces charges of felony murder and cruelty to children in the first degree, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Everett Man Guilty of Assaulting Child While Baby-Sitting
His parents don't know what set off an attack on 15-month-old Eryk Woodruff in September.They pray that medical miracles will enable him to lead a normal life.What they know for sure is that the husband of a friend has finally taken responsibility for his actions.Matthew P. Christiansen, 32, of Everett, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree assault of a child for injuring Eryk while baby-sitting.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Babysitter Pleads Guilty to Beating Baby
A babysitter pleaded guilty on Monday to beating his friends' 1-year-old son so badly that the baby may have permanent brain damage. Matthew Christiansen admitted to having hurt Eryk Woodruff last September while he was watching the baby along with his 3-year-old sibling.
Last year Eryk was first admitted to Harborview Medical Center, then transported to an assisted living facility in Woodinville after doctors found several broken bones, including a broken jaw and rib, as well as a serious brain injury from the assault.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Family of Children Killed in Fire Wants Justice
It's been just two weeks since Emily Aguirre and Daniel Cruz passed away, and their Holyoke doorstep is now a monument of love and mourning for a family left wondering why the woman paid to protect them wasn't doing her job."I left my kids with the babysitter," says the children's mother Emily Orizial. "I was thinking that I could trust her."

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sex With Babysitter nets Indiana Man 10-Year Sentence
A Valparaiso man who pleaded guilty to forcing a weekend babysitter to have sex received a 10-year prison sentence Friday for his crime. Brian J. Norlington, 48, was taken into custody for the April 2007 incident on the charge of sexual misconduct with a minor. As part of his plea, the prosecution dropped a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He had provided liquor and marijuana to her.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Child Hurt in Fall from Second Story Window
A two-year-old Forest Lake boy is recovering at a Twin Cities hospital on Thursday after falling 12-14 feet from a second story window late Wednesday afternoon. Chief of Police Clark Quiring said officers responded to a medical call at 4:48 p.m. to 22322 Elston Ave. N. where the youth had fallen. The police chief said the boy fell from a second story window after a screen apparently gave way. The boy landed on a partial concrete patio. North Air Care air lifted the boy to a metro area hospital where he is being treated for two small skull fractures, the chief said. Quiring said the boy's injuries are not life threatening. The boy was at the home with a babysitter when the accident happened.

Perinton Parents Upset over Babysitter Sentencing
The parents of a Perinton child left alone in a hot car last summer by a babysitter who went into a tanning salon are upset with the sentence handed out this month in Perinton Town Court.The babysitter, Jaime Rosman, 20, of Victor, was convicted by a six-member jury in February of endangering the welfare of a child for leaving 23-month-old Anthony Nesser in the locked car in the parking lot of Island Tan, 555 Moseley Road, Aug. 3 while she went in for a tanning treatment.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cops: Babysitter Smoked Crack in Front of Infant
Police say Robin Fininen, 46, cared for the infant boy in late February. When the grandmother arrived to pick him up, she noticed a strong odor coming from the house. The baby was flushed and dazed. Fininen admitted to smoking multiple rocks of crack cocaine. She now faces child endangerment charges.

Beaten Baby Still Struggling
The parents of the 1-year-old boy who suffered serious injuries while being watched by a babysitter say they're still waiting to see if their little one will ever fully recover from the September attack. Last year Eryk Woodruff was first admitted to Harborview Medical Center, then transported to an assisted living facility in Woodinville after doctors found several broken bones, including a broken jaw and rib, as well as a serious brain injury from the assault.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Nanny's Lawyer Wants Rob Lowe's Deposition Videotaped
The high-profile lawyer representing Rob Lowe's former nanny in a sexual harassment - extortion case is demanding videotaped depositions from the star and his wife, E! News reports. Attorney Gloria Allred says Lowe and his wife, Sheryl Berkoff, are set to be deposed on May 19th and 20th in Santa Barbara, California, where the couple lives and the complaints were filed. She wants the depositions videotaped, though it's still unclear if the Lowes will fight the request.....

Toddler on Long Road Back After Abuse
An infant severely beaten last fall continues to recover as his parents await a court date for the babysitter accused of abusing the child. Wyatt Coker was 7 months old in November when he suffered a 3-inch fracture that penetrated his skull, causing a traumatic brain injury. Physicians said someone had beaten the child. Emilie Coker said she found the baby pale and lifeless when she arrived at the babysitter's house.....

Babysitter Charged with Endangerment After Toddler Was Allegedly Sexually Abused
The Anoka County Attorney's Office has charged a woman who was babysitting 2-year-old twin girls last month with felony endangerment after one of the twins was allegedly molested under her care. Heather A. Peterson, 20, is accused of putting the children in harm's way on March 10 when she exchanged sexually explicit text messages with a man who was later charged with molesting one of the girls, according to a criminal complaint.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Police: Babysitter Dragged 3-Year-old by Arm
A woman is scheduled to appear in court on charges she endangered a 3-year-old girl by “dragging (her) by the arm on a busy road” while drunk. Letita Caroline Edick, 45, of Reeves Street, is charged with felony child neglect. A neighbor called police on March 27 after she said Edick came to her house with a little girl she’d been babysitting. She said Edick planned to walk to her own mother’s house and couldn’t be convinced otherwise. She also said Edick was smoking and nearly burned the girl with the cigarette several times, so she called 911....

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Houston Nanny Accused Of Leaving 3 Kids Alone In Car
A nanny has been accused of leaving three alone in a car, KPRC Local 2 reported.
Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable said Elaine Jones, 54, went shopping at Lane Bryant off the North Freeway near Cypresswood Drive Wednesday and left 1-, 3- and 4-year-old children in the car.
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Police: Babysitter Played Drinking Game with 12-Year-Old
...The babysitter began teaching the children how to play a drinking game called "ring of fire"--with a bottle of rum. One of the kids tasted it and didn't drink any more. But the 12-year-old drank so much, that deputies found her barely conscious, laying on the bed. ...(View Clip)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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Ex-Nanny's Lawsuit Against Rob Lowe: A Shakedown?
Actor Rob Lowe the victim of a shakedown? He says "yes." And who is shaking him down? His family's ex-nanny. Rob Lowe says she is falsely accusing him of sexual assault and other stuff.
But the ex-nanny is fighting back, says her accusations are all true, and she is pulling out a very secret weapon--Gloria Allred. Lawyer Gloria Allred is back with us, and she is representing Rob Lowe's former nanny...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Babysitter Charged With Child Endangerment
A Toledo babysitter is facing felony charges while an eight-month old baby lies in the hospital in critical condition.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Nanny, Boyfriend Allegedly Stole From Mother
Cheryl Raszeja believed she left her home in good hands when she took a recent weeklong trip, having hired a young woman who appeared to be a good fit as a nanny for her children.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Baby Sitter, 60, Accused of Assaulting Two Young Girls
A West Salem, Wisconsin man is charged with sexually assaulting two 9-year-old girls he was baby-sitting. According to a criminal complaint filed in La Crosse County, William Ogden, 60, used duct tape to cover the mouth and bind the hands of one of the girls and locked the other girl in the closet.

Babysitter Charged of Killing Infant in Lancaster
Police have charged a 19-year-old man in the killing earlier this week of an infant he was babysitting, officials said. Andrew Dion Ingram was charged with capital murder for the death Monday of 1-year-old Aaron Elwood Jackson, officials said. Mr. Ingram was being held Thursday at the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to jail records.

Baby Dies After Being Rushed to Hospital
An 8-month-old boy died at the hospital after he stopped breathing while in the care of a babysitter, authorities said. The Sheriff's Station got a call at 4:21 p.m. about a baby not breathing from a house in the 10500 block of Poinciana Street, said Sgt. Thomas Vernola.
"It appears to be natural causes," Gallego said. "There's nothing to indicate foul play."

Police: Man Abducts 8-Year-Old Girl From Back Yard
Police said Jorge Lagos lured the girl to a fence with money, and once she was in reach, he grabbed her and took her into his house. Police said the victim's younger brother saw Lagos take his sister. That's when he ran to get help from the baby sitter. The baby sitter ran to the man's home and noticed the child with her pants to her knees, police said. She managed to get the child and run away, but police said Lagos chased them with a knife.

No Arrest Yet in Infant Abandonment
Still no answers as to who was responsible for abandoning two very young children at a dumpster near 7th Avenue and Virginia in Central Phoenix. A Phoenix Police Report reveals that the mother of the 18-month-old boy and 9-month-old girl was working that night at Bandaids Show Lounge, right next to the dumpster where the children were found. The report also reveals that the mother told police that her babysitter was her roommate and fellow dancer.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Babysitter Convicted Of Lewd Acts On Boy, 6
The parents and kids at an afterschool program liked Scott Andrew Christensen so much that parents trusted him to babysit their kids. But, according to a jury, Christensen abused that trust, as well as at least one of his charges, specifically a 6-year-old boy who testified that Christensen committed lewd acts on him at the babysitter's home.

5-Month-Old Boy Dies In Hospital After Being Found In Bathtub
A five-month-old boy has died in hospital, after he was found Tuesday in a bathtub under water and not breathing. The child was in the care of a babysitter at the time - she apparently left the child alone for only a moment to attend to something else in the North York apartment and when she returned found he'd submerged below the surface. see also... Paramedics revive baby; charges unlikely for nanny.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Nanny Held Without Bail in Shaken-Baby Case
Rehan Karnani was shaken so hard by his nanny, police said, that he suffered a brain hemorrhage and had to be hospitalized. His 23-year-old nanny is now charged with hurting the 18-month-old boy last week in his parents' Greenburgh home. Bibi Safeena Zaman, who lives in the Bronx, was arraigned yesterday in Greenburgh Town Court on a felony charge of reckless assault of a child, a law that was stiffened two years ago at the urging of a Yonkers father. She is being held without bail in the Westchester County jail. The boy is in the pediatric intensive care unit at Westchester Medical Center with subdural and retinal hemorrhaging.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Boy Calls 911 When Babysitter Suffers Seizure
A mother is proud of her sons' quick-thinking when their babysitter suffered a seizure. (Huh?)

Church Hill Babysitter Charged With Sexual Assault
A Church Hill, TN man is accused of sexually assaulting a seven year old child. Hawkins County deputies arrested Roger Lee Dugger after a four month investigation after the young boy’s grandmother lodged a complaint. Dugger was the boys babysitter in December and alone with the youngster when the assault is said to have taken place.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Babysitter Charged With Child Abuse
A 17-year-old from Bellevue faces a felony charge of neglectful child abuse after she allegedly left a 3-year-old girl home alone. Bellevue police said the teenager left a note for the child's mother and said she had to leave to help a suicidal friend. (really?)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Police Say Child Care Provider Shook Baby
Police said it was at a home on New York Avenue where 9-month-old Trenton Cushing was shaken by his caretaker, William LaRock Jr., 19. They said LaRock repeatedly shook the baby, causing internal bleeding and swelling of the brain.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Child Molester May be Eligible for House Arrest
A babysitter who blamed a five-year-old girl for being a "sexual tease" could be spared time behind bars, not for what he did but when he did it. Vernon Van Mierlo, 60, doesn't at first blush fit the profile of a child molester with no mental health issues, no problems with substance abuse, a successful life-long career as a skilled tradesman, strong family ties and no alcohol for more than 20 years. A psychological assessment found the Trout Creek man was considered a medium to low risk to the public, but it also showed he's sexually attracted to young boys and girls and exhibits signs of sexual and cognitive dysfunction.

Pleasanton Baby in Critical Condition
A 9-month-old Pleasanton, CA boy remains in critical condition today after being airlifted to Children's Hospital Oakland on Saturday with severe head trauma, Pleasanton police Detective Dirk Hooper said. Hooper said detectives are investigating whether the cause of the injury was accidental or criminal and have made no arrests, he sa