Massachusetts Baby Dies In Baby-Sitter's Care

| by David Bonner

Noah, a 15-month-old boy from Woburn, Massachusetts, died due to injuries allegedly sustained while in his baby-sitter's care.

An emergency call was placed about 3 p.m. on Aug. 15, and when medical help arrived, they found the boy unresponsive, reports WFXT.

Noah’s twin sister is reportedly undergoing medical evaluation at Boston Children’s Hospital.

The death is being investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney, WCVB reports. 

"The department has received a report and is investigating," a Department of Children and Families official said in a statement. "We are also collaborating with law enforcement in its investigation."

The identity of the baby-sitter, who is considered a suspect, has not been released, but was reportedly a family friend.

This case of an apparent homicidal baby-sitter is not an isolated case. For example, a Google search reveals the following headlines:

  • “Teenage babysitter murdered two-year-old girl”
  • “Babysitter charged with murder in death of Staten Island 16-month-old”
  • “Babysitter accused of killing child shouldn’t have been hired”
  • “Babysitter, 13, sentenced for killing 2 children”

Ironically, baby-sitting in Boston -- where this incident occurred -- is a booming industry. Teenage sitters in that city can get about $10 an hour, a wage that has risen about nine times faster than inflation since the early 1980s, the U.S. Department of Labor notes.

On the website, a senior at Boston-based Harvard University can be hired to baby-sit for $12 an hour, and a Spanish-speaking Boston University graduate charges $15 an hour.

The national average baby-sitting wage is about $12 an hour, which is more than what the average health care worker or retail sales clerk makes.

As Erica Groshen, commissioner of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, put it: “You’d be hard pressed to find [another] profession where you see any wage growth.”

Sources: WFXT, Boston Globe / Photo credit: WFXT

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