I’m no lover of fear-mongering when it comes to parenting.
I figure, if you’re not watching your kids, at least you should be watching the people who are watching your kids and if you’re not doing that, well, at least you must have some idea of the risks you’re taking.
But when the LAPD Blog warns that two nannies in an Encino park were approached by a guy who offered to buy the babies they were minding, the daddy in me has two simultaneous reactions: shudder, retch and the urge to run into the streets and playgrounds screaming, “PARENTS BEWARE!!!”
Because out on the playgrounds, your kids are beyond the reach of Orwellian tech like NannycheckOnline and you have to fall back on sites like I Saw Your Nanny – uh, by which time it’ll probably be too late.
What are the odds this will wind up the plot of a straight-to-video movie within 2 months?
Los Angeles police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who has solicited at least two women to buy babies in their care. Both incidents occurred this week near the swing area of Genesta Park in Encino.
One nanny, who was approached, reported both incidents to police on April 11, 2007. In the first occurrence, a man in his 40s approached her at the park around 2:30 PM on April 9. He offered to buy the baby she was watching, but the woman declined.
The next day, April 10, the same nanny saw the same man approach another nanny who was caring for a baby. After the man left, the first nanny approached the second and asked her what the man wanted. The woman confirmed that he offered to buy her baby …
Persons with information should call Detective Moses Castillo, Juvenile Division, at 213-485-4220. On weekends or during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).
If you have to wonder about your own nanny on this count, it might be time to consider offering her a nice raise …