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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:37 AM

Babysitter kills toddler - just up the street from me.

It is really hard to handle this kind of thing when it is so close to home. It's easy to push it out of mind when it's somewhere else. Seems to be happening a lot recently. People are stressed and taking it out on toddlers. That is a difficult age but you don't kill the kid.

I guess the babysitterr just got too mad and bashed his head with something. He had been babysitting for some time while the mother was at work during the day.

The mother said she had noticed bruises before but just thought he was anemic and was going to take him to the doctor.

I live in kind of a poor neighborhood. The houses are really small and the rent is still affordable.

This is so sickening. I am just heartsick.



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Reply Babysitter kills toddler - just up the street from me. (Original post)
leftyladyfrommo Jan 2013 OP
backwoodsbob Jan 2013 #1
reflection Jan 2013 #2
appleannie1 Jan 2013 #3
leftyladyfrommo Jan 2013 #4
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #8
librabear Jan 2013 #10
R. Daneel Olivaw Jan 2013 #5
srican69 Jan 2013 #6
leftyladyfrommo Jan 2013 #7
renate Jan 2013 #9
cbdo2007 Jan 2013 #11
leftyladyfrommo Jan 2013 #12

Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:41 AM

1. damn

that's awful

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:42 AM

2. I would lose my mind if that happened to me.

I'm so sorry.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:43 AM

3. You hear about this sort of thing way too often.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:49 AM

4. The babysitter claimed that a bookcase fell over on the boy.

He said the baby was in his room with the door shut. He heard a loud thump and ran in to see what it was.

We saw the ambulance and firetruck come - but that isn't too unusual in our neighborhood. But then the police cars starting showing up.

I guess my question is: how can a mother leave a child with someone like this? Wouldn't you have to have clue that the guy could be violent? Or not?

And what do mothers do when they have to work in order to make it?

This is all just so wrong.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:22 PM

8. I wouldn't totally jump to a conclusion until all the facts are in

Toddlers being killed by pulling something on top of them is not all that unsusual.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-08/news/ct-met-tv-kid-fall-20120208_1_flat-screen-televisions-shaun-brown-toddler

Roseland toddler is fourth Chicago-area child killed by falling television since October
February 08, 2012|By Andy Grimm and Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune reporters

Blood streaked the edge of an overturned television in the tiny, sparsely furnished living room where 13-month-old Shaun Brown had been playing just hours before.

The Chicago toddler was playing in the upstairs apartment in the 11300 block of South Edbrooke Avenue around 1 p.m. when he "tagged" the TV, which rested atop a narrow wooden stand meant to hold fish tanks, said Michael Jennings, the toddler's cousin.

The television, which weighed more than 100 pounds, toppled on to Shaun, crushing him. Downstairs, Jennings, his girlfriend and grandmother heard a massive "thump," then screams, they said.

Shaun's mother ran downstairs screaming, "The baby's dead!" Shaun's father, also named Shaun Brown, carried the boy outside and drove him to Roseland Community Hospital. Shaun was transferred to Comer Children's Hospital, where he died Tuesday afternoon.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:35 PM

10. happened to my sister when we were kids

 

She didn't die though.

She was climbing up a shelf that housed my rock collection. Must have been about 3-4y/o at the time. She was trying to reach something I had stuck up high to keep her from reaching it. Pulled the whole shelf over on herself.

I agree. Don't jump to conclusions.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:02 AM

5. We, my wife and I, have a 21 month old. As most toddlers go she can be a handful at times,


but I could not imagine a moment where one could intentionally hurt another under their care. With all that is going on in this world from mall shootings, movie house shootings, children getting killed and all the rest I don't even want her to leave the house.

There was a nightly new item, about a moth ago, where a pedophile was working for his wife's daycare business and abusing kids (rape).

Sometimes I really have no hope for humanity.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:15 PM

7. I am pretty discourage, too.

Sometimes it is hard to see the good that is also all around us.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:29 PM

9. how horrible

Poor little guy. My heart breaks for his mother. And this must be so difficult for you too; like you said, when it's close to home it's extra hard to handle.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:07 PM

11. It was the mom's boyfriend.....not just a "babysitter"

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Surely she had some indication he was probably not the best person to be watching her kid if he was her boyfriend. I feel so bad for the innocent victim here.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:27 AM

12. You would think.

It absolutely amazes me that some women will leave their children with dangerous men. You would have to know that the guy has anger issues if you were around him for even a little while.

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