My babysitter broke my 3 month old baby's arm!!!

Savannah - posted on 12/03/2008 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I've been so distraught & I thought I'd share this story with all of you. Fri Nov 7th my babysitter (home daycare) texted me asking when I was going to pick him up? No hurry she said. I told her 4:30, like usual. I figured it was Friday and she wanted to make sure I wasn't going to be late or something. When I got there she was in the driveway because she said she'd been driving him around cause he'd been crying so much. I asked what happened. She said nothing but that he has bad gas. "What have you been eating?" she said. Anyways, he was crying soooo hard but I couldn't figure out what was wrong. My parents came over that evening. It wasn't til 8 or so that we figured out that something was wrong with his arm. It kind of hung limp, we noticed. We took him to the ER & they said it was a spiral fracture!!! This means it had to have been a twist that caused it. I totally didn't want to think that the babysitter could have done this. I asked so many questions. Could it have been an accident? Maybe, but she didn't say anything happened. Could another kid have done it? No, it would take too much force. The kids were only 2 years old. The babysitter still hasn't admitted anything! DHS asked her to voluntarily cease care of the other children that she was babysitting, and she has. The Sheriff's office is working on the case and are suppose to be charging her soon but I'm getting annoyed it's taking so long! She's put us through so much! We couldn't even leave the hospital until DHS & police cleared us as suspects. I understand that it is procedure & for the safety of the child. But it's been so traumatic for our family.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/05/2008

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That is soooo horrible!!! I would have been so tempted to go to the sitter and beat the crap out of her!! How did you hold yourself back?!? Poor baby, I hope he feels better really soon!!!

Pheona - posted on 12/04/2008

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*in tears*...that's so awful! i hope ur baby is okay and i'm so greatful that he's so young that he won't remember whatever it is that happened to him....unfortunately u will always wonder what happened that day...just know being in ur arms is all he needed and all he'll remember...take of him and and urself!

Allyroseparseysmum - posted on 01/26/2012

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A friend of the family left her child with a daycare mum. The daycarers husband came home and they fought and he picked the baby up by the arm rather than supporting the baby and broke his arm. The woman is still with the husband. The police didn't charge him. The family were recent Indian migrants from katoomba, nsw. We don't have many of them in the town so I urge people to avoid a babysitter in katoomba that's Indian as there's no chance there would be two of them as it's a very small town.

I was also abused as a child by a babysitter. After a personality change and me all of a sudden stopping talking my mother took me to the doctor to discover that I had legions on my brain from being hit in the head repeatedly. We later heard from a school teacher that she had witnessed the woman picking 5 year old me up from school and hitting me on the top of the head. Would have been nice if she had mentioned it. The woman was investigated and fled the following week. I'd sometimes like to contact the school teacher to say I wish she had said something sooner, although I graduated in the top 3% I now have bells palsy causing paralysis in half my face and talk with a lisp as I can't move one side of my face. I couldn't even smile on my wedding day and will have to have surgery for the rest of my life to lift one side of my face. It hasn't started to droop yet, only about 2mm but in the future it will be very obvious.

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Savannah - posted on 12/16/2008

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Thanks to everyone for the comforting messages. I just got to read them actually. It's been so busy with the holidays. Anyways, the latest is that the case is now with the DA's office. I haven't heard anything back from them yet. A lot of you asked how I've restrained myself from beating the living daylights out of the babysitter. It has been hard but I have put it in God's hands. I'm waiting on those slow wheels of justice to turn and stand up for my baby. Surely, they can convict the babysitter. Plus, DHS watches the parents closely too (for good reason). I don't want them to think that we're unfit or prone to violence. Again, thanks everybody for the comments. Please continue to pray for us. I'll keep you all posted. -Savannah

Meghan - posted on 12/06/2008

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***HUGS*** I'm sooo sorry this happened to your little guy! My daughter is 3 months old and I can't imagine anything like that happening to her. You must be one strong mommy to not have completely lost it with the babysitter. I hope he's doing better and that she gets locked up for a LONG time!!!

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2008

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I really feel for you. when I read what had happened to your baby. I was so shocked she denied that anything had happened. I hope she dose get charged with abuse to a infant. this just makes me want to scream

User - posted on 12/05/2008

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I read your story and i am so sorry for you and your family. I hope if the babysitter is found guilty she gets locked up for a very long time. I know as a mum it's hard to leave your child in the care of anyone without worring and it's people like the babysitter that makes it even harder to trust anyone. I hope your baby recovers quickly and everything goes well for your family in the future.

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OMG that is like my worst night mare. I was a nanny for 2 years before I had my baby and even though I know i took good care of the baby and kids, I don't think I could trust someone with my own baby like that. I'm sure you must be very reluctant to leave him at another daycare after this.
I too find this disgusting and this person should definitely be punished. Even if she does though, it probably won't make you feel that much better about what your baby had to go through. I'm so sorry!
She's giving all the good caring babysitters out there a bad name! This really annoys me!

All the best! Hope baby is healing well.

Kim - posted on 12/05/2008

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what a horrible story. I'm so sorry that you have to go through this. I hope your little one is better. Keep us updated on the goings on of the sitter.

Daryl - posted on 12/05/2008

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OMG! I am so sorry. I hope she gets the book thrown at her. If i was in your shoes, i think i'd kill her. I hope your son heals quickly.

Zee - posted on 12/03/2008

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A spiral fracture is one of the hardest fractures to sustain on accident. I feel horrible for your son and your family. Give him lots of hugs and kisses. I hope your babysitter gets what she deserves.

Amanda - posted on 12/03/2008

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I couldn't even imagine your suffering. I will keep your family and your son in my thoughts and prayers. Children have amazing abilities to get through anything. I'm sure he will be healed in no time.

Brianna - posted on 12/03/2008

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OH WOW. I am so sorry! I think I would have gone crazy if this had happened to me! I hope that your little one is doing well. Thank goodness she isn't watching any of the other children anymore either!

Crystal - posted on 12/03/2008

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how disgusting. i hope, if she is responsible, that your babysitter gets locked up!

Crystal - posted on 12/03/2008

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OMG!! That would be so tramtic!! I wish you and your family the very best. And hopefully the babysitter will just come clean!

Laura - posted on 12/03/2008

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Oh Savannah I am so sorry that you and your family had to go through such an awful experience. Hope your baby's arm is healing well and that the legal system works quickly so that you can start to put this stress behind you. Best wishes.

Heidi - posted on 12/03/2008

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I'm so sorry! If it makes you feel vindicated at all, my pediatrician said it is VERY DIFFICULT to break infant's bones. Dislocate, yes....break...no!! The fact that your baby sitter couldn't even recollect anything happening alarms me... If it was an accident, she was not paying attention. Simple as that.



I like to think that everyone is basically good and doesn't set out to do harm. So, I hope for her sake and yours, that it was indeed a terrible accident. I still feel terrible you had to have that situation happen in your life. Good luck with your little one.

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