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He Killed Wife, Replaced Her With Kids' Teen Babysitter

Chris Dawson sentenced to 24 years in wife Lynette's 1982 murder in Australia

(Newser) - A true-crime podcast helped bring about his conviction. Now Australian Chris Dawson has been sentenced to 24 years for the 1982 murder of his wife Lynette, whom he seemingly replaced with a 16-year-old student at the high school where he taught. In sentencing the 74-year-old on Friday, Justice Ian Harrison...

Childcare Is Getting Eye-Poppingly Expensive

$20.57 per hour specifically, according to research from UrbanSitters

(Newser) - Date night is a pretty pricey endeavor these days, that is, if you need someone to mind the kiddos at home. The same holds for working parents who rely on paid childcare. According to research by UrbanSitter , American parents with one child are forking over an average $20.57 per...

Babysitter Shot Nephew While 'Taking Selfies': Cops

Caitlyn Smith, 19, charged with injury to a child in Texas

(Newser) - A babysitter was taking selfies with a gun on Tuesday when she accidentally shot her 10-year-old nephew in the stomach, according to authorities in Texas. The boy was being watched by the 19-year-old at an apartment in Houston and was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, per CNN , which...

Teen Babysitters Face Charges After Video of Toddler Vaping

'I'm disgusted,' the little boy's mom says

(Newser) - A disturbing Snapchat video showing a toddler vaping has led to the arrest of two teens. Per WPXI , authorities say a 17-year-old babysitter and an 18-year-old woman who was with her were watching a 2-year-old boy at a home in St. Clair Township, Pa., on Jan. 9 when one or...

Sitter Allegedly Gave Mom Baby in Car Seat—Dead

Marissa Tietsort accused of killing 2-month-old

(Newser) - A Wisconsin babysitter who allegedly killed a 2-month-old boy then pretended he was alive when she gave the boy back to his mother has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. A criminal complaint filed Friday says 28-year-old Marissa Tietsort of Wausau caused the infant's death in October, then put...

A Toddler Drowned in a Day Care Pool. Her Twin Just Died

Tragedy in Tennessee at unlicensed child-care facility

(Newser) - A Tennessee toddler drowned in a day care's swimming pool Friday, and now her twin brother has also succumbed to his injuries, per the Knoxville News Sentinel . The little boy, identified by People as Elijah Orejuela, died Sunday after two days on life support; his sister, Elyssa Orejuela, died...

Cops: Babysitter Killed Infant With Allergy Medication

Lori Conley, 43, is charged with murder

(Newser) - Katie Mulkey left her son with a babysitter and went to work—but her boy was dead by the end of the day. Police say unlicensed caregiver Lori Conley is to blame for giving 8-month-old Haddix Mulkey a drug he never should have taken, ABC News reports. Authorities say Mulkey...

Cops: Babysitter Takes Kids Along for Bank Robbery

She claimed there was a man threatening to hurt them

(Newser) - Apparently the Babysitters Club turned into more of a Babysitters Gang as they got older. The Coloradoan reports a 28-year-old babysitter allegedly used the two children she was taking care of to rob a bank Friday in Severance. Authorities say Rachel Einspahr pulled up to the drive-thru at the Colorado...

A 'Dads' T-Shirt Starts a Conversation on Parenting

'Aww, it's so nice of you to babysit' doesn't go over well with male primary caretakers

(Newser) - The message may seem so obvious as to not require stating, but a photo of a shirt that reads "Dads Don't Babysit (It's Called 'Parenting')" has sparked a larger conversation about parenting on Reddit and beyond. The man behind the shirt, Al Ferguson of The...

Babysitter Who Had Sex With 11-Year-Old Boy Avoids Jail

Judge says her immaturity and boy's maturity 'narrows the arithmetic age gap'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old UK babysitter who admits to having sexual intercourse last November with the 11-year-old boy in her care has been spared a prison term in a controversial court ruling, reports the Guardian . Jade Hatt, who admitted to police that she straddled the boy, took off her clothes and then...

Girl, 15, Hires CEO to Run Her Babysitting Company

Noa Mintz founded business as 6th-grader

(Newser) - The Baby-Sitters Club has nothing on Noa Mintz. The 15-year-old New York City girl started Nannies by Noa in August 2012, and the New York Post figures a "conservative estimate" of $375,000 in revenue (without specifying a timeframe). CNN Money notes that as an 8th-grader, Noa was devoting...

Dad Accidentally Shoots, Kills Babysitter

Adonis Forbes charged with negligent homicide in 13-year-old boy's death

(Newser) - A Louisiana father who was trying to fix his handgun accidentally killed his kids' 13-year-old babysitter, the Advocate reports. Adonis Forbes, 25, and his wife were out for their anniversary on Saturday when they came home for a quick check on their kids. That's when Forbes, of Baton Rouge,...

Dinosaurs May Have Had Babysitters
 May Have Had 
study says

Dinosaurs May Have Had Babysitters

Researchers find fossils suggesting older sibling watched younger ones

(Newser) - Even dinosaurs need a babysitter—or would that be dino-sitter? Researchers say a group of hatchlings found in a layer of rock might have been under the care of "a big brother or sister," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The 120-million-year-old Psittacosaurus bones were found in northeast China, the...

Cops: 4-Year-Old Foils Babysitter's Plot

17-year-old makes up story about home invasion, say police

(Newser) - The first sign that your devious robbery plot has a few holes is that it can't pass muster with a 4-year-old. Such was the case in Washington state, where a 17-year-old babysitter is accused of concocting a story about two armed black men breaking into a residence to cover...

Parents Catch Abusive Babysitter, Thanks to Dog
Parents Catch Abusive Babysitter, Thanks to Dog

Parents Catch Abusive Babysitter, Thanks to Dog

Killian's behavior alerted them that something wasn't right

(Newser) - A babysitter in South Carolina has confessed to physically abusing a 7-month-old boy in her care—and the child's parents give credit to the loyal family dog. As WCSC explains, they grew suspicious when their otherwise mellow dog, Killian, started routinely growling at the family's 21-year-old babysitter and...

Girl, 10, Charged With Killing Baby

She's the youngest in Maine charged with manslaughter for 25 years

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl has been charged with manslaughter after the July death of a three-month-old girl her mother was babysitting, reports NBC News . The girl is in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services; authorities say she is the youngest person in Maine to be charged...

Are Today's Dads the New 'Second Sex'?

Gary Moskowitz notices how easily he's ignored

(Newser) - One father in London is feeling rather "invisible"—especially when doctors, nurses, and babysitters start talking. "Some of them have cut me off midsentence, and they often speak directly to my wife, even though I’m standing right there," writes Gary Moskowitz in the New York ...

California Bill Would Require Benefits for Babysitters

...they'd get perks like lunch breaks

(Newser) - Ahh, babysitting: That rite of passage in which you get paid $3 an hour to take care of kids with no breaks, paid vacation, or worker’s comp. All that could soon change, however, if an Assembly bill quickly making its way through the California legislature becomes law. The measure,...

Babysitter, Baby Boy Missing
Baby Boy Missing

Babysitter, Baby Boy Missing

Dad left son in care of 'friend of a friend'

(Newser) - Baltimore cops are seeking a 16-year-old babysitter and a baby boy in her charge who have been missing for three days. "Put my baby somewhere safe and call somebody. He's probably hungry," the baby's tearful mom pleaded at a support rally yesterday. "It's a...

Babysitter, 11, Accused of Murdering Toddler

'I never said goodbye,' says heartsick mom

(Newser) - A Georgia mother has accused her 11-year-old babysitter of beating her 2-year-old daughter to death. Ashlea Collier said when she arrived to pick up her daughter, Zyda, she was "blue" and lying on a bed. The young babysitter said the baby had fallen, but an autopsy revealed the little...

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