These days you can’t be completely sure your children are a 100% safe and secure. It helps to hire a babysitter when taking care of a toddler but you have to invest a lot of trust in a stranger. Sometimes these “qualified” babysitters aren’t as good as we initially believed. It’s a frightening thought but it does happen. This tragic news doesn’t help to alleviate those fears. Alicia Quinner and Joshua Marbury hired a babysitter who abused and battered their toddler Jacob until he passed out the night the couple went out. Their story is an eye-opener for people – that no parent should ever experience this heartbreak.
The married couple was relieved when they were able to hire a helper to watch over their two children.They trusted a male nanny named Hilarie to take good care of their kids while the couple was out. Suddenly, the couple had a terrible feeling in their gut that something happened at home. They rushed home when the nanny wouldn’t answer their phone calls. When the couple came home, heartbreak greeted them.
According to a report by Newsner, the couple came home and found their toddler covered in patches of blue and black all over his tiny naked body while the nanny had dozed-off.
Joshua wrote this on a Facebook post:
“I normally keep my matters with family very private cause i dont need the attention. But this is different. TWO months ago if not longer my 1 year old son was smacked across the right side of his face by our babysitter (keep this person anonymous) to the point where MULTIPLE doctors (who in fact showed us hand prints) and the detective said it could have killed him.”
The nanny was apparently drunk while he looked after the kids, prompting the couple to file a case against him. The nanny admitted his actions during a trial court but the verdict given to him was three months in jail. According to Oregon law, prosecutor must have the kid verbally testify that he was beaten.
The parents were even more frustrated to find out that they cannot prolong the jail sentence of the abusive nanny. There was even evidence that he had destroyed the home of Alicia and Joshua. The couple had vented their rage to what had happened to them on social media, which generated a lot of responses from netizens. Some sympathized with the kids’ traumatic experience while others expressed their outrage over the law.
What do you think of the court’s decision in the case of Joshua and Alicia? What is the down side of the law that should be strongly addressed here? Share by writing your insights and comments on the box below.