A California family is stuck with a nightmare nanny, after inviting her to live in the home. The parents posted a job on Craigslist and hired 64-year-old Diane Stretton to help look after their three children, who are one, four and 11. At first everything was working out great, but then things took a turn for the worst. The nanny is now legally allowed to stay, despite the family wanting her out of the home.
In a shocking turn of events, Stretton is even counter-suing the Bracamonte family. She wants everyone out of the house for 12 hours every day from 8am. She is also suing for abuse of the elderly and wrongful dismissal. All the family wants is the home back, but the parents feel like prisoners in their own home because they have no idea what this 64-year-old will do next.
The parents tried going through the police, but they cannot do anything. By inviting the woman to live in their home, Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte have allowed her residency. The only way that she can be evicted is through a legal court. They tried that, but their initial method was not allowed by a judge as the papers used were the wrong ones. They now have to serve her an eviction notice, and can only evict her with the right paperwork.
Mr. Bracamonte does not like the idea of going to work while this woman is still in his home. He says that Stretton towers over the rest of his family. However, there is nothing he can do. The California family is stuck with the nightmare nanny for now.
The family has not taken the matter to the press to speed up the eviction process. Mr. and Mrs. Bracamonte both know that this process can take months to solve. They will have to deal with the nanny remaining in their home for the time being, eating their food and making them nervous.
The reason for getting the media involved was mainly to warn others. It can seem like a great idea to get a live-in nanny to help with the housework and raising of the children. Many TV shows focus on the positives and show just how great it is. However, the California family warns people to think about who they are hiring and to make sure all references are checked and double checked.
There is also a warning to make sure an attorney is involved at the first sign of trouble. The Bracamontes did the research themselves, and served the paperwork that they believed would be needed. Stretton refused to sign it because she knew it was no legal, suggesting that she has done this in the past. The 64-year-old will not explain why she is remaining in the home, despite the family wanting her out. It is certainly not the woman’s first legal battle. Mrs. Bracamonte has found out she has been involved in 36 different cases, and is on the list of abusers of the system.
Had the family organized for the right paperwork to be served right away, the nightmare nanny situation would have been solved by now. Having an attorney would have helped ensure that. Now the family just want the nightmare nanny gone and the California home back.
By Alexandria Ingham