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Childcare Gone Wrong-Cautionary Tales

Friday, February 29, 2008

Authorities Find Toddler, Cancel Amber Alert
Authorities have found a 20-month-old boy after issuing an Amber Alert about 12 hours earlier. Surprise police spokesman Sgt. Randy Rody said both the boy and his 15-year-old babysitter are safe and well.

-Second Woman Arrested in Abduction of Surprise Toddler
Judith Lucatero, 20, of Surprise was arrested for helping Amanda Raney, 15, abduct the toddler she was babysitting near Litchfield and Bell Rd. Police say Lucatero drove Raney and the toddler away from the scene, helped clean out the boy's room, and was involved in luring the boy's father away from his home.

-CPS Takes Child Found Through Amber Alert
The reunion was short-lived between Brett Wolfe and his 18-month old son, Michael Wolfe, who was the focus of a statewide Amber Alert in Surprise on Thursday. The child, who went missing with his 15-year-old live-in nanny Wednesday and was found at an Avondale apartment complex Thursday afternoon, was taken away from the father Thursday evening and turned over to Child Protective Services after Surprise police concluded that the father's actions were neglectful.

Mother Reacts Following Death of Son from Apparent Beating
Tonight, a mom is grieving after police say the person who was supposed to be taking care of her child may have caused his death. Ethan Gibbs would've celebrated his second birthday at the end of March. On Wednesday, his mom says she dropped him off at his baby sitter's apartment, but the baby sitter left Ethan with the man who police say severely beat the little boy.

Man Charged In Babysitter Assault
A Martins Ferry man allegedly tried to run down his child’s babysitter early today, and Belmont County’s chief deputy said there is evidence to support her claim.Christopher Carmalt, 25, of 57919 Deep Run Road, was arrested at about 4 a.m. today on a charge of felonious assault. The allegation was made by Carmalt’s 19-year-old neighbor, according to Belmont County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Joseph Hummel.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Authorities Find Toddler, Cancel Amber Alert Authorities have found a 20-month-old boy after issuing an Amber Alert about 12 hours earlier.Surprise police spokesman Sgt. Randy Rody says both the boy and his 15-year-old baby sitter are safe and well. Rody says authorities found them Thursday in Avondale, Arizona.

Amber Alert Issued For Missing Toddler, Baby Sitter
Michael Wolfe was last seen Wednesday afternoon in Rainey's care, officers said. Rainey was supposed to be taking the boy to a park, but she never returned, authorities said. The toddler's mother lives in the Philippines, police said. According to police, the boy's father hired Rainey to baby sit after seeing her ad on Craig's list. She had been watching Wolfe since Monday, investigators said.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Baby Sitter Held After Child's Head Trauma
A Richardson woman remained behind bars Tuesday after being arrested, accused of injuring a child in her care. Alice Annette Steele, 40, was taken into custody after a 1-year-old girl she was caring for was found to have suffered head trauma. She has been charged with injury to a child and is being held in the Richardson City Jail.

Monday, February 25, 2008

'Real Cheap' Babysitter Turns out to be Sex Offender
A registered sex offender was arrested Thursday after he allegedly offered “a great deal” on baby-sitting services. Police became aware of the man's alleged activities when a Waupun woman filed a complaint on Feb. 19. According to reports, the 57-year-old man repeatedly approached the woman as she walked to work each day, intimating that he “loved children” and would baby-sit “real cheap.”

Friday, February 22, 2008

Mother Catches Nanny on Video Camera
After interviewing six candidates, she hired someone she thought she could trust – a nanny who is a mother herself, had a background in child care and had a “glowing recommendation” from someone who had known her for 15 years....
Watch the video here:
Nanny Cam Video Surprises Cary Mom
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Lindsay Addison Speaks to WRAL
This LINK will take you to another nanny camera video as recorded by a parent. This link was submitted to ISYN after a reader saw the footage on Gretta Van Susteren's blog page. The video is very disturbing.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Interesting story out of London...
Nanny Agency Hacker Fined
A woman who admitted rifling through emails in AOL accounts maintained by her former employer, Nannies Inc, while working for a competitor agency, has been fined £500 plus £60 costs. Susan Holmes, 36, of Beckenham in Kent, pleaded guilty to unauthorised access to a computer (contrary to section one of the Computer Misuse Act 1990) at a hearing at Horseferry Road Magistrates Court. Nannies Inc uses an AOL account to handle registration forms. A marked drop off in emails sent to that account between January and March 2007 led to suspicions that something was amiss

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Babysitter Fought Would-Be Kidnapper, Police Say
A babysitter appears to have thwarted the kidnapping of the 3-year-old child in her care when she fought a man who opened the screen door of her apartment and grabbed the toddler, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. Normando Zamora Ramirez entered the apartment on Friday at about noon. Authorities said Ramirez grabbed the little girl, ripping her sweater, and when the babysitter intervened, he grabbed her and dragged her out of the apartment by her hair.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Anger as Tot Killer John Jeacock Gets 3 Years
A babysitter who shook a four-week-old tot to death but was jailed for just three years was branded as "scum" by the tot's furious father. John Jeacock, then 22, had slammed little Harvey Jackson on to a bed and tossed him around him like a rag doll while babysitting on Mother's Day. He admitted manslaughter.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sitter Gets 4 Years for Scalding Tot
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Dennis Helmick sentenced Chanita Craig, 25, of Westwood, on a charge of child endangering to spend four years in prison, but said he would consider releasing her after one year. That prison term is to be followed by five years on probation, during which Craig is not allowed to care for children.

Roger Clemens Former Nanny in The News
After a long period of no communication with the Clemens family -- she hadn't worked for them since 2001 -- the nanny said that she had been invited to the Clemens' house on Sunday and had been asked what she remembered by the pitcher's investigators. "All Roger did was greet her at the house and said, 'These guys would like to talk to you,' " Hardin said. "Then they went in their interview room."
The nanny said she told Clemens that she didn't remember a party at Canseco's house, and Clemens told her, "You know, the reason you don't remember that party is because I wasn't there."
But the nanny remembered being at Canseco's house. She told the committee that Clemens' wife, Debbie, and their four children, plus Mrs. Clemens' brother, Greg, had stayed overnight, and that Clemens had been taken on a tour of the home by Canseco. McNamee's contention is that he watched Roger and Debbie Clemens go inside the house with Canseco, but while the nanny says she believes Clemens was on the premises during that trip, he did not attend the pool party.
Neither did she, as the Clemens children were moved to a local resort and only spent one night at Canseco's house.
"While I was there, I know that it wasn't no (sic) party," the woman said. "It was just the kid and I and Greg, and we were in the pool. I would have remembered the party, because you would never forget all of these big boys."
McNamee testified on Wednesday that he remembered being disappointed that he and Clemens could not stay later at the party, because the Blue Jays had a game that evening, limiting their selection options to sandwiches and iced tea.
Excerpts from the broadcast of the Blue Jays-Marlins game feature announcers discussing Clemens' non-attendance. Canseco, who did not appear on Wednesday, said in his affidavit that Clemens was not among the 30 to 40 people present.
"I remember this because I was disappointed that he did not attend," Canseco said. "I later learned that he had a golfing commitment that day and could not attend the party."
Clemens' attorneys produced a receipt from a golf pro shop time-stamped at 8:58 a.m. ET. Clemens said that he would have teed off 30 to 40 minutes after that and would have played for four to 4 1/2 hours, which he said is a typical ritual for him on the days before and after he pitches. Clemens pitched seven innings in a loss at Florida on June 8.
"That's something that Roger [has] always done, you know," the nanny said. "He always carries his golf clubs, and if he can squeeze in time to go play, him and his wife, that was a relaxing time. He'd go play golf."

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Babysitter Charged with Sexually Abusing Child
A Northern Pennsylvania man is accused of abusing a young girl he was babysitting.
Chad Shamus, 27, of Columbia Crossroads has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Trial Date Set for Babysitter Who Took Bath with Child
A 36-year-old Lewiston, Minn., man accused of taking an inappropriate bath with a 3-year-old boy whom he was babysitting attended an unsuccessful settlement conference in Winona County District Court on Thursday and asked for a jury trial.The settlement conference was supposed to be a chance for Jerry Lee Moger, his attorneys and the prosecutor to meet and agree on a resolution in the case via a plea agreement.

Good Nanny Sighting I saw your nanny Babysitter Fends Off Would-Be Kidnapper
The Greenville Police Department announced Wednesday officers are looking for a man they say tried to grab a 6-year-old boy at Peppermint Park, located at Brownlea Drive and East 14th Street. As the child was leaving the park with his babysitter, the man allegedly grabbed hold of the child, Gaskins said. The caretaker used pepper spray on the man, causing him to release the child who got away unharmed with the caretaker in her car, Gaskins said.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Babysitter Not Guilty
A jury took 40 minutes to return a verdict of not guilty Thursday in a battery case against a Searcy babysitter. Lindsey Durham, 22, was exonerated in the case in which extensive testimony centered on Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS).
Durham took the stand in her own defense Wednesday and said she had the child in her arms when she tripped over a baby gate and fell to the floor with him. Durham admitted lying to a detective the day after the incident, telling the investigator nothing had happened before the baby stopped breathing. She never told any of the medical personnel what had happened, Durham said.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Babysitter Charged with Abusing 13-Month-Old
A man babysitting a 13-month-old now faces an abuse charge. On February 1st, around 9:30 a.m., police and rescue personnel arrived at a home on the 100 block of Palm Beach Place to find the child having breathing difficulties.
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(first reported on 1/31) Babysitter Charged in Death of Infant
A 27-year-old babysitter was formally charged Tuesday in the December death of an 8-month-old boy who was discovered unconscious and not breathing at his Arapahoe County home. Yvette Nicole Craddock, 27, was arrested Jan. 30 at her Denver home for investigation of child abuse causing death in the death of Rashad Maxey.
If convicted of the felony charge, Craddock could be sentenced to 16 to 48 years in prison.yvette nicole craddock

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Aunt Accused of Shaking Baby
The Aunt said Jed fell out of the highchair. But police say she lost her temper and shook Jed so hard it almost killed him. “We didn't put him in daycare because we thought he was safer with family, who's supposed to be safer than your family?”

Woman Charged with Injuring Infant
While babysitting, Rabecca Nelson, 23, "violently and forcefully" shook the young girl and held her upside down by her ankles, authorities say.The babysitter has been charged with critically injuring an 8-month-old girl by shaking the child when she would not stop crying, authorities said. Rabecca L. Nelson, 23, had routinely babysat the girl and her 3-year-old brother in her home for the past two months, said Gerry Luce, spokesman for the Laramie County Sheriff's Department.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Nanny Nightmare: Couple Claims Au Pair Took Inappropriate Photos A Guilford family was furious after they said their au pair took highly questionable photos of their daughter. Mary Irwin said she ran out of Wal-Mart after seeing what she called hideous and horrifying pictures of her daughter. She left behind copies of the images at the store that triggered a police investigation. The pictures include the 5-year-old girl nearly nude with make-up on. Irwin said her daughter never mentioned the photos, so she feared what else may have happened to her. The Irwins said behind the camera was their Swedish au pair.

Friday, February 1, 2008

'Pan's Labyrinth' Producer Accused of Nanny Abuse
The producer of the Oscar-winning Spanish film "Pan's Labyrinth" has been accused of abusing her nanny in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court yesterday. Frida Torresblanco allegedly underpaid the nanny, Angelica Hernandez, and also physically abused her after the nanny attended a Domestic Workers United meeting to learn about labor rights, the complaint said.

Man Squeezed Sitter’s Bottom
A drunken man who grabbed his babysitter’s bottom in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room was ticketed, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report. The babysitter, 21, was waiting to get paid by the man, 38, after he came home with his wife and a couple other people. The man told the woman, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant, that she was beautiful for being pregnant, touched her stomach and rubbed her back. The man’s wife told him to leave the babysitter alone. The babysitter left and told the story to her 22-year-old husband, who was picking her up. The husband confronted the group of people, none of whom said they had touched the babysitter. The man was asleep when sheriff’s deputies got to the hotel room. His wife said he was too drunk and she could not wake him up. She let deputies inside only after they threatened to get a search warrant.The man denied having squeezed the babysitter’s bottom, but said he might have hugged her. The man was ticketed for unlawful sexual contact.