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In OctoberMatney and her husband Chris were looking for a nanny for their month-old daughter, Raylee. Matney posted her search on Facebook, and she said an old high school classmate, Melissa Medema, answered her callout.
Do you mind if I meet with you? Despite feeling some relief to find an acquaintance interested in the job, Matney still vetted Medema. She ran a background check, spoke with one reference, and had Medema come over to try her out with her daughter.
Raylee seemed to really take to her. It seemed like she had found a good fit for Raylee, but from the very first day Medema worked, Raylee began acting strange, Matney said.
And there were other signs. Matney said Medema would claim Raylee was taking four-hour naps during the day.
Matney Family This nanny camera, disguised as a clock, is what Whitney Matney used to keep an eye on her nanny.
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To some, these may seem like obvious warning signs, but for anyone in the trenches of taking care of your first child, interpreting exactly what is wrong and why is like learning a new language. But there was one suspicious thing going on in the Matney home that would raise the antennae of any parent.
Their house was suddenly very clean, a little too clean. And it was facing the wall. At some point, the nanny camera had apparently been discovered, and the lens had been turned to face the wall and not the room. The nanny was leaving Raylee in the bouncer for two hours, Matney said.
In addition, there was video of Medema spanking Raylee, and worst of all, violently shaking her like a rag doll. Matney was suddenly worried her daughter may have unseen injuries, and incensed at the woman she trusted with her daughter. After watching the video, frantic, Whitney called police and rushed her daughter to the emergency room.
Fortunately, Raylee checked out physically unharmed. Medema showed up for work again, and was met by police. Matney said she was racked by guilt over what more she could have done to prevent Medema from ever working for her in the first place, and not picking up on the warning signs earlier.
What to Do When Hiring a Nanny: Because Raylee wasn't physically injured, Medema was allowed to plead guilty to endangering the welfare of a minor.
Medema was given 90 days in jail, and three years probation. Matney said the sentence was too lenient, but the biggest problem she had with the plea was that it allowed Medema to take advantage of Arkansas Actwhich gives first offenders who've pleaded guilty and are sentenced to probation the chance to have their record expunged once they complete their probation.
After some digging, Matney discovered that once someone like Medema had her record expunged, if she wanted to nanny again a family could have no idea she was ever convicted of her crimes. A Checklist for Parents Raylee is now a happy and healthy 3-year-old.
Matney, now a lawyer and a mom on a mission, has been working with Arkansas lawmakers, Representative Greg Leding and Senator Jon Woods, to try and help other families avoid nightmare nannies before a camera is even turned on.Whoever coined the term “The Terrible Twos” clearly never had kids.
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