Brutal child beating highlights importance of choosing the right nanny
A 3-year-old girl was allegedly beaten by her babysitter. Her family is devastated that she might not survive...
Instead of spending her days playing and enjoying her childhood, three-year-old Hannah Wesche is fighting for her life after being severely beaten by her 35-year-old babysitter.
Babysitter abused child, leaving her with life-threatening injuries
ABC News reports authorities found the young girl unresponsive after the babysitter called 911. The toddler was struggling to breathe and had bruises all over her face.
The babysitter, Lindsay Partin, later admitted to "striking and shaking" the child, but claims the child fell and hit her head on the concrete floor.
She was flown to Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where she was later declared brain dead, as her heart and lungs could no longer function without the help of machines.
Hannah's father, Jason Wesche, is devastated that his little girl might not make it.
"I mean, it's unimaginable. I can't begin to explain the feeling of losing a child at the hands of this...of just a violent act. Hannah was great," he told WWSB, lamenting how doctors told him his daughter is not expected to survive the next couple of days.
The little girl's aunt, Meghan, condemned the "inhuman act," describing her beloved niece as a "sassy and bubbly" kid.
As of this writing, investigation is still ongoing. Partin was released on a cash bond on 12 March. No details have been released about her next court date.
A Facebook page dedicated to Hannah's fight to survive has been set up by the Wesche family. You can show your support here.
Babysitter abused child: Choosing the right nanny could save a child's life. Here's how to screen a potential child caregiver properly
This tragedy is a sobering reminder for moms and dads. When leaving your children in the care of someone else, remember that they are still practically a stranger. So thorough screening before you employ them is of utmost importance.
But hopefully, when moms and dads can know how to spot a cruel nanny before it's too late, these cases will become less and less.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when interviewing a potential nanny or domestic helper:
- Don't decide after one interview. Yes, they might seem great and you could REALLY use the extra help. But you should not pressure yourself into hiring just anyone. Be objective and interview them several times before deciding.
- Give them specific scenarios during interviews. Ask them what they would do if, say, a child falls and hits their head? How would they respond if a child throws a tantrum? You can tell a lot about how they speak or even react to certain questions.
- Be creative with background checks. Even if you are hiring with the help of an agency, do your own research beforehand. Checking their social media activity, for instance, is an excellent tool to get to know a potential hire.
- Check with previous employers. If possible, arrange video chats or one-on-one meetings with their past employers, especially if you are considering hiring a transfer maid.
- Trust your instincts. At the end of the day, no amount of screening can take the place of good ol' parental protective instincts. If something feels 'off,' don't just brush it aside. Trust what your instincts tell you because they're often correct.
Remember: screen potential nannies thoroughly, even if they look good on paper---it is a MUST. Sometimes, we have to assume the worst in order to hire the best.
What other screening tips would you recommend, moms and dads? Let us know in the comments below.
Republished with permission from: theAsianParent Singapore