June 2, 2011 |
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.
March 21, 2013 |
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.
November 1, 2012 |
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.
March 2, 2010 |
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.
June 6, 2012 |
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.
May 23, 1998 |
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.
July 25, 2008 |
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.
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.
April 28, 1997 |
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.
September 11, 2011 |
Joseph Burke was an infant in 1923 when his parents discovered that his mentally ill babysitter was forcing him to swallow pins. The child became ill and developed a high fever. Fearing for his life, the Burkes, of Bethlehem, Pa., took the boy to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He was treated there by Chevalier Jackson, who had designed nonsurgical instruments for extracting items that had been ingested. Working quickly and deftly, Jackson removed nearly two dozen pins and other items from the baby.