Nov 24, 2015 5:03 PM
A story out of Massachusetts is a reminder for parents of the importance of choosing a good babysitter.
Abigail Hanna is accused of slipping into a Hamilton, Massachusetts home at night and kidnapping a child she had previously babysat.
The 2-year-old was found hours later, alone on the side of the road, naked, with a shaved head and cigarette burns.
This is an extreme case, but experts say parents should always watch for warning signs that a babysitter is not trustworthy.
If your child is scared around your babysitter or cries a lot. those could be a sign of something wrong. Don't confuse this with separation anxiety that a lot of kids experience when mom or dad leaves them.
Withholds information - Ask about their time together. If you feel a babysitter is withholding details it could mean there’s something they're hiding. If they don't engage in regular conversation, and if they don't listen to, or follow, your instructions.
If an outgoing child suddenly becomes clingy and withdrawn or they are especially hungry or sleepy after being under the sitter’s care.
If your child experiences frequent accidents that should have been avoided under careful supervision. That's a red flag.
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