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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
MAGAZINE
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.
NEWS
October 3, 1991 | MONA GABLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It had been the third or fourth time she hadn't shown up for work and hadn't called, and I was angry. I was all set to lecture her when the look on her face silenced me. "Senora Mona," my sitter Maria began, tears sliding down her smooth, round face. The day before, while waiting for the bus to come to my house, she and her 6-year-old son had been approached by two teen-age boys. At first they seemed friendly enough; they smiled and chatted with her son.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1990
A 19-year-old man was arrested in Glendale Thursday on suspicion of kidnaping two brothers he was baby-sitting. Glendale police at about noon arrested Darren S. Kim, who disappeared Tuesday night with the two boys, ages 2 and 4. The boys apparently were not harmed, police said. Kim was being held in the Glendale City Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. The boys' father, Samuel S. Ko of Glendale, said he doesn't want authorities to prosecute the youth.
NEWS
March 22, 1989 | From Times wire services
A baby-sitter was sentenced to a year in jail after the parents of a 6-month-old boy secretly videotaped her slapping the child. Kip and Susan Ridley turned the video camera on 27-year-old Donna Walterhouse in January after the infant's 3-year-old sister told her parents in January about instances of abuse, authorities said. Walterhouse pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse charges, and Judge Joe DiRisio sentenced her to the maximum after watching the tape. The infant was not seriously
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trial of a former PTA president charged with murdering a 9-month-old boy she was baby-sitting ended in a deadlock Tuesday, setting off an outburst of tears, screams and furious confrontations among jurors, participants and the defendant's family. Climaxing a three-month trial and eight days of deliberations, a Van Nuys Superior Court judge declared a mistrial in the case against Debra Suzanne Cummings, 34, of Reseda after the jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked 7 to 5 for acquittal.
NEWS
December 13, 1985 | Associated Press
A male babysitter who masqueraded as a woman to obtain employment was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for intentionally injuring a 5-month-old boy who died after being immersed in scalding water. Richard Arthur Gilbert, 29, also was fined $10,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1991
The baby-sitter who was secretly videotaped striking a 2-year-old Palmdale girl pleaded not guilty Thursday during her arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to a child. Antelope Municipal Judge William H. Seelicke set bail for Martha Mendoza, 19, at $10,000, the maximum possible for a misdemeanor. Evelyn Burns, a public defender representing Mendoza, asked that she be released from jail on her own recognizance, but Seelicke accepted the bail recommendation of the district attorney.
BUSINESS
April 4, 1994 | This week's experts are Ron Riggio, professor of industrial and organizational psychology at Cal State Fullerton; Tom Mayes, professor of management, Cal State Fullerton; and Elizabeth Winfree Lydon, Orange County regional manager and senior staff consultant for the Employers Group.
Question: I recently did business with a woman who runs a small company out of her home. Her school-age children were home on vacation, and they kept interrupting to have snacks fixed, shoes tied and fights settled. The mother seemed to think that clients should put up with this, but I felt that my time and money were being wasted. How could I have handled this? --J.G., Mission Viejo Answer: Because you are paying for this woman's services, you are in control of the situation.
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