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November 28, 1998
Police are looking for Rosa Suarez, a 26-year-old Los Angeles woman who disappeared with a 1-year-old after the boy's father entrusted the child to her care, police said Friday. On Nov. 17, Robert Lee Owens Jr. left his son, Robbie, with Suarez while he went to work on a construction job. Owens returned to meet Suarez at Gladys Park at 2 p.m., but neither the baby-sitter nor the child were there, Police Det. Dennis Moeller said.
October 31, 1991
A sealed jury verdict is to be opened in Van Nuys Superior Court today in the case of a woman accused of giving sick 14-month-old twins a home brew of various medicines that killed one of them and injured the other. The defendant, Melvine Kaiserauer, 43, of North Hollywood, who was baby-sitting the two boys at the time, is facing five felony charges stemming from the Feb. 20 incident. They include a count of involuntary manslaughter.
December 4, 1991
An El Cajon baby-sitter was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for murder in the death of a 10-month-old girl who suffered a skull fracture. El Cajon Police Detective Gary Sper testified at the preliminary hearing that a witness told him that Karen Amy Drouillard, 21, admitted throwing the baby on the floor. Drouillard is accused of killing Lizzabeth Rosado on Sept. 23. The woman lived with the infant and the girl's mother, Kelly Luellen, in El Cajon, and had been baby-sitting the child.
A North Hollywood baby-sitter accused of giving sick 14-month-old twins a mixture of obsolete prescription drugs that killed one of the boys was ordered Thursday to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and drug and child-neglect charges. Van Nuys Municipal Judge Shari Kreisler Silver said Melvine Kaiserauer, 42, was "grossly reckless and grossly negligent" when she gave the drugs to Christopher and Brandon Collins.
January 26, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Clarita Valley baby-sitter once investigated in the death of a 6-month-old girl has been charged with abusing the girl's brother and another infant left in her care. Gloria Barone, 54, of Canyon Country is accused of breaking the leg of an infant boy last year and the wrist of another infant boy last month. A preliminary hearing for Barone, who is free on $7,500 bail, is scheduled Feb. 6 in Newhall Municipal Court.
September 3, 1993 | MATTHEW MOSK
A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually molesting two young boys while he baby-sat them in their Silver Strand neighborhood, authorities said Thursday. Kinji Richmond of Oxnard, who was arrested Wednesday evening, is suspected of molesting the children of eight or more other families during July and August, investigators for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said.
August 29, 1990
A 32-year-old Reseda baby-sitter and PTA president was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges she murdered a 9-month-old baby who died of a head injury he suffered while under her care. Van Nuys Municipal Court Judge Leslie Ann Dunn ruled that the prosecution had presented sufficient evidence to hold Debra Suzanne Cummings for trial on one count of murder in the June 16 death of Kevin Young.
July 23, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The Sheriff's Department said it would seek a murder charge against a baby-sitter accused of shaking a 16-month-old boy who died Thursday. The toddler, who has not been identified, was placed on life support at Huntington Memorial Hospital on Tuesday. Sheriff's deputies arrested the baby-sitter, Viviana Jennings, 26, on suspicion of child endangerment. Jennings is being held on $630,000 bail, and is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 19.
January 9, 1988
A 27-year-old Canyon Country woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of killing a 5-month-old boy she was baby-sitting, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department reported. Vickie Maas was arrested a few hours after David Allen Duncan died about 2 p.m. in the intensive-care unit of Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, said Sgt. Ernie Roop, a spokesman for the department. Maas was being held without bail at the sheriff's station in Santa Clarita.
November 21, 1999 | Todd Everett
Perhaps sensing a coming shortage of smart-aleck kids for TV sitcoms, Toni Attell held her first stand-up comedy classes for children six years ago. The group performs every Wednesday evening at Kindness of Strangers, a coffeehouse on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood.
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