\"Nanny fed PB to allergic child\" - UK news

Posted on: Tue, 10/22/2002 - 9:15pm
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This was in the Daily Mail (UK) today and came from their website. All copyrights acknowledged.


Posted on: Tue, 10/22/2002 - 10:34pm
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How can she be allowed to get away with it? She should be strung up!

Posted on: Wed, 10/23/2002 - 12:15am
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Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

This is sick and oh so scary. It's like something out of a horror movie. What a sick and twisted person this woman must be.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 10/23/2002 - 1:08am
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Nick, this was just sick. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] I do know that in Canada a couple of years ago, there was an incident where I believe the FIL had contracted to have his SIL killed using pb or a peanut product. He was charged with attempted murder (please remember the blotchy aged memory this is coming from [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ). I do know that it is posted somewhere here, probably by river.
People are beginning to take this seriously as a crime. Hopefully she will be strung up.
The inquest or inquiry is continuing so it's not over.
Yup, we're neurotic Moms (Dads, etc.) and we need a nanny to prove us otherwise. Sitting here actually thankful that I'll never be in the position to have a Nanny!
Can you keep us posted if you see any more re this?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited October 23, 2002).]

Posted on: Wed, 10/23/2002 - 6:59pm
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

When I read this in the newspapers , I must say that I am not too surprised , felt a bit sick mind you, but not totally surprised.
The laws in this country only proctect those children who are cared for by childminders. That is ,other mothers, caring for children in their own homes. The rules are very strict, even offsted( the educational dept)have the law on there side to do "Spot Checks" to ensure that the childminder is providing the correct play environment for the children.
If parents want to have a nanny in their home, there are no laws (apart from child careers age,) to protect them.
Its up to the parents to decide if they want to pay for a qualifed nanny , or just a girl who seems caring enough.
the majority or parents work long hours and many children have been givern tea, bathed and on way to bed before parents come home. Add trips abroad by parents and you have nannys taking care of familys for long,long hours without a break or any one checking up on them.
I worked as a nanny for quite a few years, both as a daily nanny and live in. I charged a higher rate than an unqualified nannys, but i felt that the parent if they wanted the best , they paid for it.
I met and made many friends with other childcarers and parents over the years. I was surprised by the parents with very responisble jobs hire scores of unqualifed nannys and au-pairs.
There logic being that no one needed to pass exams to become a parent. However , many of these parents had a distant relationship with their children, or simply found that the constant juggleing of the demands of job and family exhausting , and the added strain of finding a new nanny was not a pleasant prospect on the weekend.
Do not get me wrong these parents did love their children, but even when the nanny has proven herself to be unreliable , they were still required to work notice , while the parents found a replacement. In one case a nany pushed her charge down the stairs and broke the childs arm, this nanny stayed on for months until the mother employed an au-pair.
Just reading the statement that the mother did not look at her infants hand herself unitl the next day , tells me that this parent did not feel secure in herself as a parent and belived that the nanny was far more able to look after her children .
Any nanny that makes a mother feel this way , is worth raisng a question mark over. Being a nanny requires a good comunication with parent and a real belief that both of you want to bring up the children with the parents wishes and concerns first.
I wish that the law in this country would protect these parents and children . That nannys , like childminders have to be registered and liable to fines , when things go wrong. Even having a police check would be a small start!!!
As for the words " neurotic mother" well I am sure that plenty of other mothers I know think that of me!!!!! It is hard to believe in the cold light of day that a food could kill isnt?, something to be seen to be belived for some I'm sure.
On another subject there has been a baby death in a day nursery over here in Milton keynes. There is still a lot of work to be done educating child carers on allergy.
bye sarah

Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 6:57am
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Hi guys,
The mom of the son who was given a p.b.sandwich by the sicko nanny is being asked to do interviews and media appearances.
She is asking for support because she and her husband are thinking this may be a good way to bring peanut allergy awareness out there.
If you are a POFAK member please offer your support and encouragement since all of this is important to us.

Posted on: Mon, 11/04/2002 - 9:15pm
Nick's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

And the update, in two versions : [url="http://www.femail.co.uk/pages/standard/article.html?in_article_id=145926&in_page_id=2"]http://www.femail.co.uk/pages/standard/article.html?in_article_id=145926&in_page_id=2[/url]
and :
This was in the Daily Mail (UK) today. All copyrights acknowledged.
A nanny accused of deliberately feeding a peanut butter sandwich to a 2-year-old boy with suspected nut allergy was cleared yesterday.
Australian Michelle Brittain, 24, buried her face in her hands and wept with relief as a jury found her not guilty of cruelty to the youngster.
The former public schoolgirl was also alleged to have deliberately held a one-year-old girl's hand against a hot oven while working for another family, but she was cleared of grievous bodily harm with intent and another cruelty charge.
During the ten-day trial at Southwark Crown Court, the prosecution claimed that another nanny saw Brittain feed the boy the sandwich at a children's tea party in Barnes, South West London in August 2000.
He came out in blotchy lumps and lost consciousness. Doctors diagnosed him with a moderately severe allergy. The boy's mother said she had told Brittain about the allergy.
Brittain, who arrived in Britain three years ago claiming to have nannied for Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman, was alleged to have fed him to find out if the mother 'was just being neurotic'.
Brittain, of Mortlake, South-West London, told the jury : 'I loved those children. I would never have done anything to hurt them or harm them.'
The parents of the two youngsters, who cannot be named for legal reasons, last night called for a national register of nannies to be set up.

Posted on: Mon, 11/04/2002 - 10:10pm
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Thanks for the update Nick; it's pretty discouraging and disturbing. Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 11/05/2002 - 12:03am
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

If those parents want any help , I would be glad to.
As a NNEB i think it's about time there was a register of nannys in this country ( UK).
I am also willing to help in any way with raising awareness of peanut allergy and childcare for them.
Please feel free to e-mail me.

Posted on: Fri, 11/08/2002 - 8:33am
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Joined: 03/06/1999 - 09:00


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