By Jeremy Vishno, Attorney, and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Christian Jaramillo, a 27-year-old man of Danbury, Connecticut was charged with risk of injury to a child. Jaramillo was baby sitting his 5-year-old cousin when he was arrested. According to police reports, the child was found by a passer-by wandering the streets alone. Because the passer-by could not find an adult with the child, she took the 5-year-old to the police station. Police determined the child’s mother was working and left the child with Jaramillo. Jaramillo was charged and released on a $1,000 bond. To read more on this story see Babysitter charged with risk of injury to a child.
Babysitters have duty to supervise and protect the children under their custody. Luckily, this child was not kidnapped or killed by a passing vehicle. Parents should select babysitters carefully. Although parents may be inclined to choose family members to watch over their children, parents should ensure their babysitter is responsible and mature. It is also wise to obtain a babysitter who is certified in CPR in the event of an emergency. Children are the most vulnerable in our society, it is our duty as adults, parents, babysitters, caretakers, daycare providers, etc. to supervise and protect children from harm.