The housekeeper didn’t know there was a camera. This is what she did. Children are the greatest gift and something that should be treasured. They deserve to feel loved and protected every day as parents we know what’s best for our kids, which is why it’s so hard to find the right, babysitter or nursery for them. It can be a worry that our children won’t be cared for, like we can care for them, but at the end of the day we know that we’re leaving our children in the hands of a professional.
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Mom Desiree LeBlanc works as a child welfare officer, so when it was time to return to her job after having her daughter, she was careful to find the right person when Desiree LeBlanc, who is a child welfare officer, had to get back to work. She gave birth to a baby girl. She tried hard to find the best person. She could trust her daughter to after carefully consider all the options she decided.
She would feel most comfortable with leaving her baby in the care of a 28 year old, Christina Williamson. Leblanc. Recalls her first meeting with this babysitter and says how the place was very neat, and there were a bunch of toys around Christina’s home also had a big Garden where the kids could have fun when the weather would be nice. Once leblanc’s daughter started attending Christina’s home daycare, this mother was even more convinced. She made the right choice as the babysitters seemed to be taking great care of the kids.
Whenever there was an incident of any kind, the parents would be given details. Leblanc says how there were times when she was told how her daughter accidentally scratched herself, and she would also receive pictures to see how serious it was. This spoke of Christina as a caring person. One day, however, this all changed and what LeBlanc learned left her outraged. Her supervisor told her to go and pick up her daughter from daycare and advised her not to speak to Christina, while doing so LeBlanc didn’t know what was going on, but she did, as she was told later, she learned the Dreadful truth about what was going on Behind closed doors, the way this babysitter treated, the kids she was supposed to take care of is cruel and unacceptable.
Christina’S treatment of the child was discovered by her own husband who set up cameras around the house after one of the kids, an eight-year-old boy told him how there was unusual treatment of the kids by Christina after he checked the footage. He immediately reported his soon-to-be ex-wife to the police. Kcci news reported how the kids were aggressively pushed and screamed at this babysitter from Hell could be seen forcefully, holding them face down and stuffing their mouths with clothes to prevent them from crying. The footage also showed how she would leave a five-month-old baby at home all alone. During several occasions, the babysitter was later sentenced to five years in prison and fortunately all the children have shown no lasting effects from the abuse they endured.
According to NewsChannel KCCI Des Moines, eight see the shocking images of Christina abusing the trust of the parents who left their precious babies in her care. Hopefully, this story can serve as a reminder of how extremely cautious we parents have to be when choosing who should look. After our children, something unusual happened when Rowena and Jack Churchland sat down to watch footage from the video camera they had installed in their son’s Nursery.
They expected to find nothing of particular concern. They had, after all, only put it there as a precaution, hoping it would give rowine a peace of mind after she had reluctantly appointed a nanny to look after their precious son one day a week, while she returned to work in the family business instead, what they Saw on that chilly January Saturday, night horrified them there captured with Dreadful Clarity, was their 18 month old son being assaulted by the woman they had trusted to care for him for nearly an hour Restless in his cot over what was meant to be his lunchtime.
Nap Ali received no loving words or reassurance. Instead, he was manhandled several times by his stonly silent Nanny before being picked up flung roughly against the mobile hanging above his cot, so that it banged his head and smacked hard on the bottom three times making his body shake the horrified churchlands could barely believe what They were seeing here was a woman who had been looking after their son for 15 months losing her temper on the first time she had been filmed, shocked and upset. They took the footage to the police who arrested The Nanny. The crown prosecution service then charged her with cruelty to a person under 16 years. The case was heard at southwark Crown Court last October.
Yet although Rowena’s Nanny accepted she had assaulted Ali, the jury returned a not guilty verdict on the cruelty charge and she walked free. Now the couple are waiting to hear if their request for a review of the case will be granted in the meantime. Rowena must constantly cross paths with the woman who assaulted her son as they both have children at the same school. She says quietly seeing her every day brings it all back both Jack and I feel powerless. Our baby boy was assaulted, but it seems all we can do is accept it and try to move on.
It is the stuff of Parental nightmares in an age where it is increasingly common for mother and father to go out to work. It highlights the often Fragile Trust we place in those who look after our children, Rowena 39 and 30 year old Jack from clampum Southwest London were just as such a couple together for 10 years and married for eight. They have two children Bella eight and two-year-old Ollie. At first Rowena was a stay-at-home mom, but by the time Ali came along in May 2011 the couple had set up their own heating installation business and she needed to be back at work. Although we were doing well, we couldn’t afford to employ someone in the office.
She says going back to work when Ollie was three months was the hardest thing I had done, but the business was our livelihood. When we finally met she seemed nice, outgoing, capable and trustworthy Jack, and I were happy for her to help Rowena Churchland. Initially, Ali was cared for by his two grandmothers, but, as the weeks went on the couple realized they needed an extra pair of hands and after asking for help at her daughter’s school, it seemed Rowena had found them. We heard that one of the school moms was looking for work. She says it seemed ideal.
She had qualifications in early years training she had a child at Bella school and was an active member of the local church. When we finally met she seemed nice, outgoing, capable and trustworthy Jack, and I were happy for her to help The Nanny whom we will call Agatha started work in Autumn 2011, when Ollie was five months old, looking after him on occasional days from 8 45 a.m. To 3 15 P.M.
At first Rowena and Jack had little reason to be unhappy as time passed. However, Rowena admits the odd incident made her uneasy. Agatha, occasionally told small lies about where she had been. I once spotted her in the supermarket doing her shopping. While she was with Ollie, but she later denied being there, then around Easter 2012 Rowena received a call from a neighbor while at work she said she had seen a baby left outside our house for quite a long time. She was worried. Ollie could have been taken. Understandably, concerned Rowena nonetheless felt she needed to allow Agatha a chance to give her side of the story. When I talked to her, she said that they were exaggerating that she only left Oliver for a few moments to pop back into the house. She was incredibly persuasive.
I said we would leave it there, but she must never leave Ali on his own outside again, three uneventful months passed until June 2012 Rowena’s mom came to stay from her native Columbia. My mom was uneasy about the nanny says Rowena. Nothing could have prepared her for what came next over the course of nearly an hour. She could only watch in horror at the footage of what was meant to be Ali’s lunchtime. Snooze.
She told me that she felt she had two faces one when people were watching and another when she thought she was alone. She said when I wasn’t there. Agatha was much less interactive with Ali. Ultimately, she said she didn’t trust her so concerned was her mother. She suggested installing a video camera which Rowena initially dismissed as ridiculous.
I remember telling her not to be silly. We had friends in common and I didn’t think she would do anything to cross the line. My mom was so in love with her grandson that I thought she perhaps was being overprotective. It didn’t seem fair and Agatha to let my mom’s scrutiny tarnish things, but as the year rolled on Rowena acquiesced, my mom would bring it up. When we spoke on the phone eventually, I thought it wouldn’t do any harm.
It seemed a bit extreme, but I thought we would watch a bit of footage find out. There was nothing to see and reassure mom, and so, as 2013 donned, the church limbs bought a sophisticated camera disguised as a plug which they installed in their son’s Nursery. They started recording on January 16, 2013 Agatha’s first day back at work that year I thought it was the place. I would be most likely to see her interacting with Ollie Rowena says, although I didn’t expect to see anything in particular. Indeed, when the couple sat down to watch the footage.
Three days later, it was a relatively casual decision. Ali had been struggling with his lunchtime naps, but in her notes, Agatha had written that he had slept very well for her on the day she had taken care of him. She said he had gone to sleep at ten past one. I thought I would see what she was doing right and what I was doing wrong Marino recalls. Nothing could have prepared me for what came next over nearly an hour.
She could only watch in horror as the footage of what was meant to be Ollie’s lunchtime, snooze after flinging him into his cot, leaving the curtains wide open, Agatha returns repeatedly to an unsleeping and Wrigley Ollie, picking him up and throwing him down roughly. At no point does she speak or attempt to console him by the fifth occasion. She picks him up and flings him down on his front so roughly that he bangs his head on the mobile, forcing him to snap his head backwards. She then smacks him hard on the bottom three times, causing his little body to jump. All I could think of was that my baby was in that cot in his home, where he should feel safest, Rowena says quietly stifling tears.
The worst part was seeing his body language when he was on his own. He was active, but the moment she came in his body stiffened as if he was preparing himself for her. Was he frightened? I couldn’t bear the thought after watching the footage again, the couple called the police, while sending Agatha text telling her not to come for her shift the following week. I just said: don’t worry about Tuesday, I didn’t go into details.
Rowena says I couldn’t deal with her at that point. All I could think was that I didn’t want her to come to my house. Six days later, the police arrested Agatha for assault later Changed by the CPS to neglect and cruelty to a person under 16 years, which carries a longer sentence but requires a heavier burden of proof. We were relieved that it was being taken so seriously, although we would have given anything to not be in this situation, says Rowena. The case was scheduled for last October, at southwark Crown Court and with no contact from the crown prosecution service in the interim, the churchlands could only tick off the days.
In the meantime, Rowena still had to see her former employee each day at the school gate says they have daughters in the same class. It was incredibly difficult. She says she wouldn’t catch my eye, although her husband stared at me, but my daughter was incredibly happy at the school and it wasn’t fair to make her suffer at home. Rowena was haunted by what had happened. There were nights when everyone was asleep.
When I would just come downstairs to cry. She says I felt helpless. Finally, the trial date arrived yet, as the one day case unfolded, Rowena says she was left dismayed by proceedings. The only witness called by the crown was the police officer who took our initial statement, neither Jack nor I were invited to give evidence, even though we were willing to. But Agatha was able to give evidence in her defense when she did so.
She acknowledged that she had lost her temper and treated Ollie in a way she shouldn’t have. She was she said under a great deal of stress at the time, because her mother was ill. The issue for the jury, therefore, as Judge Martin bedeau made clear, was that while it seemed Agatha accepted, she had assaulted Ollie. She had not been charged with assault, but with cruelty under the child and Young Person’s act. As a result, they had to decide whether she deliberately or willfully assaulted him and if she had done so in a manner likely to cause all in unnecessary suffering or injury to his health, their verdict not guilty.
This meant that, although Agatha had admitted she had thrown and struck Ali under the law, she was not guilty because she had not been charged with assault and could not be charged with this offense. Using the same evidence, I felt so helpless. Rowena says now. I wanted to be Ollie’s voice, I feel like I let him down and Rowena and Jack felt they were let down by the CPS. We and our son Were Meant To Be victims, but it felt like we didn’t exist.
Nobody spoke to us about any of their plans, says Rowena, I felt so helpless. I wanted to be Ali’s voice. I felt I let him down. They were so dismayed that they arranged a meeting with the CPS which took place in January this year, following which, in an email, senior Crown prosecutor, Claire holder, acknowledged the need for the CPS to review its approach when meeting victims. Rowena has also sent a formal letter of complaint about the CPS handling of the case, to request a review and is waiting their response.
The churchlands have one consolation, a happy bouncy boy nearing his third birthday Ali seems to have sustained no lasting trauma. Nonetheless, Rowena admits that arranging child care, for him has proved emotionally. Fraught Ali now attends a local nursery and seems very happy there. But of course I worry about him and still feel guilty says Rowena. I feel that one day when he is old enough to understand, I need to apologize to him for what happened as a parent.
All you want to do is keep your children safe and if you feel you have failed at that, it is the worst feeling in the world it’s a sentiment with which every patient in the land will feel profound agreement. If you mean the sitter, no, what? If it’s a teen and they’re not allowed to stay the night or they don’t want to stay and leave your kid if you’re out and you want to stay away overnight, you can call and ask, but just not coming home is a horrible idea. Best bet is to tell sitter that you might want to stay out all night before you leave and ask if that would be a problem. If you mean give notice to your child, then no, you don’t have to give them notice, but it’s not a great parenting.
Move you could end up leaving the child with abandonment issues. You also tell the child beforehand that you may stay away overnight and we’ll see them in the morning and tell them they may call you if they are feeling sad or missing you. These are just guesses because it is unclear to whom you are referring to giving notice to. Children are good at reading characters and seeing things that we might miss. This will also make your child know and feel that they are the most important person and that you will take their side over a stranger’s any day.
So if your child repeatedly opposes and expresses their dislike for a certain babysitter or a certain person, don’t ignore that it could be a red flag for something else. Also when it’s just you and your child, try asking why he or she dislikes this person. So much and get a better understanding on how your child is feeling that too, will make your child feel more comfortable with sharing their thoughts and feelings with you in everyday life from here and in the future. I always remind your child that they can come to you and tell you and talk to you about anything without any judgment or criticism. Please share to warn all parents out there.