A Wisconsin couple has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Care.com, the website they used to hire a nanny who allegedly beat their child to death.
The nanny, 35-year-old Sarah Gumm, is also a defendent in the case, which was filed by Nathan and Reggan Koopmeiners in Kenosha County Circuit Court, according to the Daily Mail.
Gumm, who was hired through the Massachusetts-based online company, was accused of causing the head injury that proved fatal to 3-month old daughter Rylan Koopmeiners. The child was pronounced dead on July 27, 2012 after suffering a skull fracture and cranial hemorraging that occurred as a result of blunt force trauma. Gumm is currently incarcerated while awaiting trial for first-degree murder. She is believed to have been intoxicated while taking care of the child and carrying out the attack.
The Koopmeiners, however, allege that Care.com is responsible for failing to indicate that Gumm had a previous court record. Although the site offers varying levels of background checks for prospective caregivers, the couple claims that it was not notified of Gumm's drunk driving and battery citations.
The Koopmeiners claim that they paid for Care.com's "Premier Background Check" on Gumm before hiring her. A representative for the site, however, refuted those claims.
"We are deeply saddened by this event. In following up with our safety team, we're sorry to report that the family did not avail themselves of the background checking services for this provider and thus the facts as reported are incorrect. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family," the representative told HLNTV.
Gumm's attorney, Jed Stone, is maintaining that his client was not intentional or reckless in causing the injury that ultimately lead to the child's death.
According to the Kenosha News, Gumm's criminal trial is scheduled for September.