Hiring a nanny is hard enough for any parent, as they would love nothing more than to be there for their children every moment of the day. For some families, with work commitments and busy lifestyles, this is just not possible – so they reach out to trusted and recommended nannies for the extra help.
Care.com recommends before hiring any nanny that they parents carry out a Criminal Records Check ($59), MVR Records Check is ($79) and – if necessary- an Investigative Criminal Plus Check ($300). It could very much be a life or death matter, as in these sinister and disturbing cases, the evilest women have taken on the role and caused heartbreak no parent ever wants to experience.
8. Hui Zhang
In January this year, 34-year-old nanny Hui Zhang claimed she killed both her employers, Ying Wang and Liangsi Xui, with a butcher’s knife in self-defense. She told the court that the 2-month-old baby, she had been hired to care for, had died in his sleep and the parents wanted to kill her out of rage.
After she killed both parents, she cut their bodies into pieces with an electric saw and her boyfriend Te Leu then helped her place the body parts in rubbish bags. Te Leu pleaded not guilty to the murders claiming that he had been knocked unconscious during the attack. Together the couple then dumped the bags with the bodies in the Vincennes forest, Paris, before fleeing to China. They later returned to France to face trial, as their charge in China would have meant the death penalty.
The body of the 2-month-old baby had never been found. Zhung claimed she had also dismembered the body and placed this in a bag too. During the closing arguments, Advocate General Julien Eyraud told the court: “When I learned of this case I was overcome by the horror of what happened, imagining the smell of blood, this butchery in the bathroom, this violence.”
They were both sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.
7. Yoselyn Ortega
On October 25th, 2012, 6-year-old Lucia and 2-year-old Leo Krim were found dead in their Upper West Side Manhattan apartment in New York City. Their nanny, 50-year-old Yoselyn Oretga was accused of stabbing both the children to death, as their mother, Marina Krim, was just a few blocks away at a swimming lesson with their sister, 3-year-old Nessie.
When Marina returned home she found both of her children dead in the bathtub and their nanny had begun stabbing her own neck repeatedly in an attempt to kill herself. The apartment building’s superintendent and his 10-year-old son also witnessed the scene. Both of the children were still breathing when their mother arrived home but sadly they died on the way to the hospital.
Ortega was born in the Dominican Republic. During a police interview, she claimed that Marina Krim had refused her more hours of work as she needed more money. She said she was underpaid and treated badly by the Krims. She claimed, “I had to do everything and take care of the kids. God forgive me, so many things they made me do. Pray for me.” However, witnesses, which included even Ortega’s own family, claimed that she was treated as if she was one of the family. They even paid for her plane tickets home to the Dominican Republic so she could visit her own family. On one occasion they all went on holiday together.
Ortega survived her neck wounds and she was found mentally stable enough to stand trial. She denied the murders and when her attorney showed her photographs of the children all she said was, “Oh, my God, who did that to them?” as if she had no recollection of the attacks. She Was then imprisoned a New York City psychiatric hospital.
The Krims set up the Lulu & Leo Fund, a non-profit charity that supports arts programs for disadvantaged children.
6. Gyulchekhra Bobokulova
One of the most disturbing and shocking events that took place early March this year, was when 38-year-old nanny and mother of three sons herself, Gulchekhra Bobokulova, beheaded a child she was caring for and carried the severed head around a metro station in Moscow, Russia.
The child was 4-year-old Nastya Meshcheryakova, her father said there were “no words to describe the feeling of hatred, weakness and helplessness” he and his family felt. He also added, “There is no way to understand the insanity that surrounds our world but I am sure that there are people who went through something similar – and I am grieving for Nastya with them.”
It is believed that Bobokulova kept her schizophrenia a secret from employers so she could land the job. It was also revealed that hours before the murder, the mentally ill nanny had an argument with her husband who she had recently divorced after 12-years of marriage. Judge Tatyana Vasyuchenko heard in court that Bobokulova stabbed the young girl causing her severe neck injuries before strangling and beheading her. She then torched the home and fled the scene, taking the head of her victim. News channels refused to cover the 20 minutes she walked around the metro station brandishing the head as they deemed it “too monstrous to be shown on television.”
When questioned if she felt sorry about taking the girls life, Bobokulova just shook her head. Later she smiled and waved at journalists crying out, “Hi to everyone!” She currently awaits sentencing, taking into account her mental health, the minimum sentence she will be expected to serve is three years.
5. Arielle Smith
On September 11th, 2009, 19-year-old Arielle Smith was caring for 5-month-old Andre Jenkins when she placed him in a clothes dryer so she could watch the television in peace. The baby’s mother, who was a close friend of Smith, was at work when she left him in her care along with her two other sons. Assistant District Attorney Amanda Calogero said, “She was trying to watch something on television. She put the two older kids in a room, and she put the baby in the dryer and turned it on.”
After he was kept in the powered on the dryer for three minutes, Andre suffered severe burns and skull fractures. He died almost instantly. To cover her evil crime, Smith told the police that a pot of boiling water had fallen onto him. Then later she changed her story, claiming that she had placed him in the dryer as a game of hide-and-seek and she suspected one of the other boys turned the dryer on. Detectives pressed her further for the real truth and finally, she admitted the children were “interfering with her television show.”
Smith detailed how she removed all the clothing, put the baby in the machine and then turned it on. She claimed that just minutes later she found the baby unresponsive and called the mother before notifying the police. Paramedics arrived on the scene only to find the baby motionless on the living room floor with severe burns to his face, head, arms, and legs.
Smith was charged with first-degree, a charge that at the time allowed the death penalty, but on appeal, a judge found the evidence sufficient enough to change the charge to second-degree murders which grant a mandatory life sentence in prison.
4. Moriah Gonzalez
In February this year, 20-year-old Moriah Gonzales had been caught on a hidden camera allegedly suffocating a 13-month-old boy to stop him crying. The parents, known only as Amanda and Nicole, hired Gonzales through popular nanny website Care.com to look after their son at their home in Livermore, California.
According to Kron4 news, Gonzales can be seen clearly on the nanny cam lowering the baby into the crib. Then the police report reads: “Moriah (Gonzales) placed her hands closer to Doe’s face and the sounds went from clear and audible to a muffled cry. After a few seconds, Doe began to squirm and kick. He then went limp. Once Doe went limp, Moriah lifted him up and flung him over her shoulder in a supine position, the back of his head resting on her shoulder. When Moriah moved her hands away from Doe’s face, clear and audible crying/whimpering could once again be heard. As Doe lay in a supine position over Moriah’s shoulder, his arms extended outward as if he was limp. Moriah then put Doe into his crib and left the room.”
She was arrested the following day on felony charges of child abuse and ordered to stay away from children. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges denying that she caused the baby boy any harm. Pictured above she is seen walking to court with her attorney and hand in hand with her sister.
Care.com released the following statement regarding the incident: “We are deeply troubled by this incident and our thoughts are with the family. The safety of our community is of paramount importance to us and we have proactively contacted local law enforcement to provide whatever assistance we can in this matter. We recommend that families purchase a background check once they have narrowed down their candidates to their top choice but they can be purchased at any time in the process.” They have also removed Gonzales from their website and are working with the police to identify potential other victims.
3. Abigail Hanna
In 2015, 21-year-old Boston nanny Abigail Hanna was charged with kidnapping and assaulting 2-year-old Lyndon Albers. On November 20th, Lyndon disappeared from her home during the early hours of the morning. Then the toddler was found eight miles away in Rowley, Massachusetts, sitting in leaves naked, her body bruised, her head shaved and she was covered in cigarette burns. During the trial, the court heard that Hanna had only looked after the toddler once before the ordeal took place. She was arrested shortly after but told the police she had been covered in mud after she searched the woods looking for a stray cat.
Court psychologist Dr. Tammy Howe said Hanna had been hallucinating and showing psychotic symptoms. She claimed, “(Hanna) was unable to have a factual understanding of the charges or understanding where she was.” Hanna also had a history of lying and even told her housemate she had suffered a miscarriage only one month before the kidnapping. As she is currently in a mental facility, her prosecution has been placed on hold until further notice.
Lyndon’s family stated, “We have suffered a horrific ordeal. We are grateful to have our daughter back. We are extremely thankful for the incredible efforts to rescue our daughter by the police and all emergency responders. We are extremely grateful to the kind couple who found our daughter. We are extremely thankful for having the best family, friends, and community supporting us through this difficult time.”
2. Sarah Cullen
25-year-old Sarah Cullen was charged in 2014 for killing a baby who had been left in her care. She was sentenced to 70 years in prison for fatally shaking 4-month-old Cash Bell. She will eligible for parole only after she has served 35-years. Baby Cash’s mother, Ashley Bell, begged with the judge to sentence Cullen to life in prison. She urged, “A person capable of committing cold-blooded murder and isn’t phased doesn’t deserve to get out of prison. We held our baby as he died in our arms. She’s completely heartless.”
On February 28th, 2013, parents Ashley and Christopher Bell (pictured above) left their Southwest Omaha home for work as usual. Then Christopher returned home an hour later to pick up a check book he had left behind, only to find his son lying face down on his back and breathing heavily. He said he didn’t want to disturb the baby so he moved him onto his back and then left the home again. Later in the day, Cullen called her own boyfriend to say that she was worried about Cash’s breathing patterns. She tried to administer CPR but was unsuccessful and she frantically dialled the emergency services.
Cullen first told the police that the baby had fallen from his play swing. Then she changed her story, claiming that she had tripped when carrying the baby down the stairs. During the trial, the course of the trial, it emerged that Cullen had been previously fired from a day care center for being too rough with the children – Christopher and Ashley Bell had no knowledge of this. Assistant Public Defender Matt Miller, insisted that Cullen’s actions were accidental, even going as far as suggesting that had harmed his son when he turned him over on his stomach.
After Cullen was found guilty and charged with 70 years imprisonment she stated, “If there’s anything I could do to take the pain away and bring it on myself I would. I’m so sorry I’ll never forgive myself and never expect anyone else to either.”
1. Jessica Fraracci
Evil 22-year-old Jessica Fraraccio, who pleaded guilty in October 2013 to suffocating 23-month-old Elijah Nealey, was sentenced to only five years in prison in 2014 – a decision the victim’s parents labeled “an insult.” Both Mike and Jennifer Nealy heard that the nanny also has to donate $1 every year to charity after she is released.
Mike Nealy (pictured below) told The Huffington Post, “Once the verdict was read, I didn’t even fully comprehend it until after I’d left the courtroom and it all started sinking in. The anger has started to really build up since Monday. It still doesn’t make sense. (The judge’s) decision shows no respect whatsoever for me, my family, or the life of my son. To me, it’s a total failure of our justice system. I want everyone to know what the judge thought my son’s life was worth…which is pretty much nothing, according to him.”
Fraraccio had been hired by the couple to look after their son seven months before she killed him – a week before his second birthday. She told officers after her arrest that he “slipped and hit his head in the bathtub.” Then she admitted the horrifying truth – when she was feeding Elijah lunch, she kicked the chair he was sitting in and he hit his head on the table, she then became frustrated when he would not stop crying, she picked him up by one arm, covering his mouth with her hand and slammed his head on the stair railing. When she placed his body down on the floor – he was dead.
Defense attorney Sandra Drewniak for Fraraccio told The Huffington Post her client had “just kind of snapped”. Before adding, “It was a terrible accident and she had no intention of hurting Elijah.” The decision to sentence her to just five years in prison caused such an outrage that a petition appeared online calling for Judge Brown to be removed from the bench and was signed by more than 5,600 people.