I am very upset by the front-page story today about the 11-year-old babysitter who will most likely be charged in the death of a 2-year-old.
“The girl died over the weekend as the result of a head injury and blunt force trauma, the medical examiner’s officer told the AJC. The case is being investigated as a homicide, Lt. Steve Rose with Sandy Springs police said Tuesday.”
“The Sandy Springs toddler, whose name has not been released, suffered cranial cerebral trauma and blunt force trauma to her torso and buttocks, said Jon Hager with the medical examiner’s office.”
“Rose said the injuries occurred at the residence of the babysitter, who is the daughter of a co-worker of the victim’s mother. The mother picked the child up late Saturday night and called 911 upon seeing her child. The child was taken to Scottish Rite Hospital and pronounced dead shortly after midnight.”
“The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office will determine what charges will be filed and if the babysitter will be charged as an adult or child.”
We don’t know any of the specifics of what happened but I’m wondering if an 11-year-old should even have been put in the position of babysitting?
I guess I started sitting when I was in fifth grade. I was probably 12. Looking back on it now, it seems way too early. I wouldn’t let a 12-year-old watch my kids unless I was in the house working on something and I could hear all the interaction (more as a mother’s helper.) I had a 14-year-old stop by last week to tell me she was in business to sit and I just kept thinking she couldn’t handle my three.
I’m sure the maturity level varies child to child but I hate that this child is now in the position of being charged with a crime and another family has lost their baby.
Could this have been avoided? Should there be a mandatory age for babysitters? How young is too young to babysit? What is the youngest babysitter you’ve ever hired, for how many kids and what kind of sitting (mother’s helper or at night)?