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June 2, 2011 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden County babysitter has been charged with causing the death of an 11-month-old boy in her care in July, authorities announced Wednesday. Lori Laquitara, 45, of Voorhees, was charged Tuesday with the murder of Stephen Torrey, one of two children of Robert and Jennifer Torrey of Williamstown. The boy suffered a 3 1/2-inch fracture on the rear of his skull, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Voorhees police said. Laquitara was arraigned Wednesday. Laquitara provided inconsistent explanations for the injury, authorities said.
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March 21, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former babysitter was sentenced Tuesday to 10 to 20 years in prison and five years of probation for the December 2011 death of a toddler in her care. Heather Hess, 25, of Upper Chichester, was convicted in January of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of 2 1/2-year-old David Miller Jr. When police responded to Hess' Hewes Avenue residence on a report of a child in respiratory distress, paramedics were trying to treat the boy. According to a criminal complaint, Hess told officers that she had been cooking when she went into the family room and found the boy unconscious.
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November 1, 2012 | By Sean Carlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are searching for the killers of a 19-year-old babysitter in Wynnefield Heights Tuesday night. Sherita Hamilton, 19, of the 2100 block of North Wanamaker Street in Overbrook, was shot once in the head last night at 9:05 p.m. outside the home she was babysitting on the 1700 block of North Aberdeen Street. Hamilton lived approximately a mile from where she was killed. She was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:19 p.m and police have no motive for the killing.
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March 2, 2010 | By REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
The creep sneaked into an Oxford Circle house through an unlocked rear door, then found a target on the second floor: a 10-year-old girl. The intruder fondled the girl in her bed, but he didn't count on a brave 74-year-old babysitter who bit his arm and fought to get him as far away from the child as possible, said Capt. John Darby, with the Special Victims Unit. Even after the woman reacted, the man continued to fondle the girl, Darby said. The assailant wore a sweatshirt with the hood up and was bullied out the front door by the woman, who was able to pull down his hood and see his face, Darby said.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The prosecution drilled straight to the heart of its case against former Bridgeport babysitter Melissa Haskell — her own words — during opening arguments Tuesday in Montgomery County Court. "I will never, ever put my hand over the mouth and nose of [our child] so he can't breathe, as I did that baby," Christopher Maloney quoted Haskell as saying in an exchange recorded last year by her ex-husband. But the defense parried with its own opener: "It didn't happen that way; Ryan Baurley wasn't murdered on Aug. 26, 1992," Frank Genovese told a jury of eight men and four women hearing the case in Norristown.
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May 23, 1998 | By David E. Wilson and Lillian Micko, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
A Medford woman who was found in Mount Holly yesterday after disappearing Wednesday, leaving her 10-year-old son with a babysitter, now faces charges of child abandonment. Police had been searching for Louise Orsino, 40, since Thursday morning. About 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Orsino and a companion, Larry Tchou, 34, of Medford Lakes, left her son with a 15-year-old babysitter at Orsino's townhouse on Forge Road. They were supposed to be on a two-hour errand. But when midnight struck and the pair had not returned, the babysitter telephoned her mother, who came over to spend the night.
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July 25, 2008 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
No question, Sheila Gallagher said, this was a miracle. Less than 24 hours after being knocked unconscious by a lightning strike, her daughter Bridget, 21, came home yesterday from Temple University Hospital. "We owe this to God's grace," said the Bucks County woman, who said she had prayed throughout the ambulance ride to Philadelphia. Also doing well was Eric "Jack" Lamorte, the 3-year-old boy who had been in the arms of Bridget Gallagher, his babysitter, as she ran for shelter at a Lower Makefield swim club Wednesday afternoon.
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November 2, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
You may have heard the bad news. Playboy will no longer be publishing photos of nude women. What's this world coming to? Is nothing sacred? Playboy has been around for as long as I've been alive, and I remember sneaking peeks at it when I went to babysit, because the people I babysat for kept theirs in the top drawer in their bedroom. Don't ask me how I know this. Just take it from me that your babysitter knows more about dresser drawers than you do. By the way, I waited until the baby was asleep to start looking at pornography.
NEWS
December 5, 2008
A 3-month-old infant is in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with injuries Upper Darby police say came from a "savage beating. " On Nov. 24, police were called by the child's babysitter, who alerted them to the injuries. The infant was taken to Delaware County Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Children's. Superintendent of Police Michael J. Chitwood said the baby's skull was fractured, there was severe bleeding on the brain, and three ribs were fractured.
LIVING
April 28, 1997 | By W. Speers This article contains information from the New York Daily News, People magazine and the Associated Press
How did Kathie Lee Gifford get embroiled in the latest Kennedy family sex scandal? Turns out she dashed off to Cohasset, Mass., last week to look after the children of Michael Kennedy and his estranged wife, Victoria Gifford Kennedy, after the couple announced they were splitting. You may recall there's a problem with the usual babysitter. . . . Victoria Kennedy, 40, daughter of Kathie Lee's husband Frank Gifford, the football legend, is splitting from Michael, 39-year-old son of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, following revelations that Michael had been bedding the babysitter for five years, beginning when she was 14. The young woman, daughter of Paul Verrochi, a wealthy businessman and Democratic donor, is a freshman at Boston University.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I live with my parents and am not fond of children. My father volunteers me to baby-sit my nieces while they are right in front of us and before I have a chance to discuss anything. If I stand up for myself and say no, my father lays a guilt trip on me and tells the kids that their aunt is "being mean. " I'm grateful that my parents took me in after I graduated from university, which has allowed me to work on a second degree. However, when I am volunteered to do something I don't enjoy -- like entertain the kids -- my father somehow always manages to leave the house.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2015
DEAR ABBY: A friend I really like has been extremely helpful babysitting my 4-month-old son every once in a while. The problem is, she informed me that she rubs his gums and lets him chew on her fingers. I find this gross and strange. Clean fingers or not, I'd prefer she not do this. She only has him a couple of hours at a time, and he has teething toys. Am I overreacting? If not, how do I politely inform my friend that I'd rather she not put her fingers in my baby's mouth? I can't think of a way to explain it that wouldn't offend her. - Off Limits in Idaho DEAR OFF LIMITS: What your friend is doing is neither gross nor strange.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
You may have heard the bad news. Playboy will no longer be publishing photos of nude women. What's this world coming to? Is nothing sacred? Playboy has been around for as long as I've been alive, and I remember sneaking peeks at it when I went to babysit, because the people I babysat for kept theirs in the top drawer in their bedroom. Don't ask me how I know this. Just take it from me that your babysitter knows more about dresser drawers than you do. By the way, I waited until the baby was asleep to start looking at pornography.
NEWS
August 11, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleanor "Pattie" Burns, 94, a longtime resident of Center City who devoted her life to caring for children after her own childhood was sidelined by polio, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She had been living at St. Monica Manor in Philadelphia. During the 1970s and 1980s, Miss Burns was a familiar figure in Rittenhouse Square, where she could be seen in animated conversation with a child as she wheeled a stroller or led a toddler through the park.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former babysitter was sentenced Tuesday to 10 to 20 years in prison and five years of probation for the December 2011 death of a toddler in her care. Heather Hess, 25, of Upper Chichester, was convicted in January of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of 2 1/2-year-old David Miller Jr. When police responded to Hess' Hewes Avenue residence on a report of a child in respiratory distress, paramedics were trying to treat the boy. According to a criminal complaint, Hess told officers that she had been cooking when she went into the family room and found the boy unconscious.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2013 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: How do I get comfortable with leaving my baby with sitters - family as well as qualified strangers? I'm OK when she's with my husband; anyone else, and I'm a wreck. This isn't great for my peace of mind, plus I'm sure it's very annoying for the sitters, as I'm calling home every half-hour to make sure she's still breathing. Did I mention she's almost a year old? Ordinarily I don't have an anxiety problem, but I know how un-careful other people are borrowing other people's clothes, for instance; I can't help but assume the same would apply here.
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost three years later, memories of the protracted, horrific death of 20-month-old Suliaman Orrell Kirkland were enough to move veteran first responders to tears. "In 14 years with the Fire Department, I've seen a lot of death and injured children, but this case is the most horrible thing I've ever seen," paramedic Colleen Stankiewicz said. Police Officer Judith Kinniry said she could not forget the sight of Suliaman in the emergency room at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children on Feb. 2, 2010, his skin sloughing off from chemical burns, his body trembling.
NEWS
January 10, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Almost three years later, memories of the protracted, horrific death of 20-month-old Suliaman Orrell Kirkland were enough to move veteran first responders to tears. "In 14 years with the Fire Department, I've seen a lot of death and injured children, but this case is the most horrible thing I've ever seen," paramedic Colleen Stankiewicz said. Police Officer Judith Kinniry said she could not forget the sight of Suliaman in the emergency room at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children on Feb. 2, 2010, his skin sloughing off from chemical burns, his body trembling.
NEWS
November 1, 2012 | By Sean Carlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are searching for the killers of a 19-year-old babysitter in Wynnefield Heights Tuesday night. Sherita Hamilton, 19, of the 2100 block of North Wanamaker Street in Overbrook, was shot once in the head last night at 9:05 p.m. outside the home she was babysitting on the 1700 block of North Aberdeen Street. Hamilton lived approximately a mile from where she was killed. She was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:19 p.m and police have no motive for the killing.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The prosecution drilled straight to the heart of its case against former Bridgeport babysitter Melissa Haskell — her own words — during opening arguments Tuesday in Montgomery County Court. "I will never, ever put my hand over the mouth and nose of [our child] so he can't breathe, as I did that baby," Christopher Maloney quoted Haskell as saying in an exchange recorded last year by her ex-husband. But the defense parried with its own opener: "It didn't happen that way; Ryan Baurley wasn't murdered on Aug. 26, 1992," Frank Genovese told a jury of eight men and four women hearing the case in Norristown.
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