Anyone who’s recently had a child will be able to appreciate the fact that it’s nice to have some alone time. Even if that means simply taking a shower with the door closed, or reading the pages of a new book.
Things as routine as taking a glass of wine with a friend can feel like luxuries to those who have young ones at home.
Of course, on those occasions that we do leave our child, we do so only when we have utmost confidence in the person we’ve left to look after them.
Letting someone care for your children requires trust.
After all, you have to leave your kids alone with them. But unfortunately, a couple in Maryland will have difficulty letting anyone watch their children in the future after the unthinkable happened to their baby girl.
For this mother, her child-free moment quickly spiralled into a nightmare …
The mom in question had left her six-month-old baby with a 36-year-old woman, Ismelda Ramos Mendoza from Bladensburg, USA, for a few hours.
She could never have imagined what she would come home to.
The day after she’d left her baby, whose name was Ana Flores Guerrero, with Ismelda, she noticed big blisters growing on the underside of her daughter’s feet.
Worried, she confronted the babysitter and asked what might have happened. Ismelda, however, claimed she had no idea.
The mom began to suspect the worst even so, and so called the police to report possible abuse.
The baby was taken to hospital, where her severe burns could be treated.
The 36-year-old Ismelda was arrested, and it would soon transpire that she’d become angry with little Ana after the girl refused to stop screaming when she was cooking.
In a horrific attempt at keeping her quiet, she had held the baby’s feet to a red hot stove. According to Detective Cpl. Charles Earle, the babysitter burned the baby’s feet on a frying pan when she wouldn’t stop crying.
“Out of frustration, she placed the baby’s feet on the grill or pan she was cooking tortillas on,” he told The Washington Post.
Such an act of depravity means that it will be a long time before Islmelda is confident of leaving her baby with a stranger again.
Parents, always be 100% sure of the person who is acting as guardian to your little loved ones!
It boils my blood just to read about the atrocities some adults are capable of committing against children. It’s hard to imagine that someone would do something like this. But stories like this are a good reminder to stay alert and remain cautious.
Please share this to remind people to be careful about who they let look after their children and make sure to spread this article if you also hope that Ismelda will never be able to babysit again.