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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
October 19, 1990
Averting a trial in which her own daughter would have been a witness against her, a Van Nuys baby-sitter pleaded guilty Thursday to murdering an 18-month-old girl under her care. Nova Marcia Thompson, 35, sobbed quietly as she pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the June 9, 1989, death of Jasmine Lynn Sanders, who lapsed into a coma after being violently shaken and scalded with water.
August 25, 1996 | From A Times Staff Writer
Police homicide detectives Saturday were investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl whose body was found beneath her baby-sitter's residence in South-Central Los Angeles. The child's baby-sitter, 56, "admitted herself to a local mental hospital," police said without elaboration in a statement. The baby-sitter's identity was not released, and further details were scarce. The motive in the case is unknown and there are no suspects in custody, police said.
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.
January 21, 2000 | JANA J. MONJI
If you could hear the thoughts of everyone all at once, what kind of world would it be? In Victor D'Altorio and Henrietta Pearsall's abstract staging of Robert Coover's short story "The Babysitter" at the McCadden Theatre, a frightening though sometimes humorous orchestra of fantasies merges with the seemingly mundane reality of an attractive teenage girl baby-sitting. Although their baby-sitter (Rhonda Patterson) arrives a little late, the Tuckers aren't quite ready to leave for a party.
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