I'm long past tired of reading stories like this.
"Monster" nanny Noella Allick, jailed for allegedly shaking a Manhattan newborn and leaving her with brain damage, will soon be charged with breaking another infant's bones, the Daily News has learned.
Allick will be formally accused of injuring the Nassau County baby shortly after the girl's April birth.
The injuries - a fractured arm, leg and collarbone, and two broken ribs - were discovered at a routine doctor's visit in mid-June.
The nanny is soon expected to be taken from Rikers Island to a Nassau County courtroom to be arraigned on second-degree assault punishable by up to seven years in prison, according to the Nassau County district attorney's office.
"There are two stages in life where people are the most vulnerable: when they are newborns, and extremely frail and elderly," said top prosecutor Joy Watson, chief of the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Bureau. "People who commit crimes against these two groups are the most heinous."
So it's not enough that children have to worry about strangers or sexual predators, or getting good grades, or peer pressure, etc., add to the list of worries violent women entrusted to take care of them. And while it's easy to point the blame at illegal immigrants and a judicial system that keeps finding excuses to allow these women to do very little jail time, more blame needs to be pointed at parents as well.
Ask parents and they'll talk about the cost of childcare, lack of a family friendly workplace or in the case of single, working mothers . . . having to do everything on their own. But none of that excuses the fact that parents themselves need to make serious improvements concerning who they leave their child alone with on a regular basis.
The case of killer nannies has reached epidemic proportions what with parents failing to do proper background checks on their caregiver, people like Allick calling themselves "nurses" without even having a nursing license and child complaints not being taken seriously.
Stories about home-alone children and killer nannies are proof that parents can no longer be trusted. And that should serve as a starting point for new family policies which set out to hold parents to stricter standards, including being arrested for criminal negligence when you leave your child with a woman with a record of abusing children in the past.