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Au Pair Allegedly Assaults Young Boy

From http://www.wkyc.com a website news resource for Cleveland Ohio - June 28 2011.

LAKE COUNTY -- Aneshee Govender's Facebook page indentifies her as an au pair, a live-in child caregiver from a foreign county.

Now she is also an international fugitive on the run.  (See photo of au pair)

Govender worked for Concord Township's Joseph Marziani family in a wealthy neighborhood, watching their 3-year-old son.  The family had in-house cameras installed and investigators say Govender was aware of them.

Joseph Marziani was watching recent video from the cameras and made a shocking discovery.  Govender was allegedly striking and kicking his son. He fired Govender on the spot.

Marziani took the video to the Lake County Sheriff's Department.  Detectives reviewed evidence and brought abuse and endangering charges against Govender in connection with two incidents. There is more video to review.

Captain Lonnie Sparkman said, "When we reviewed the video we saw actions so egregious and so clearly criminal ... There was a physical attack of the child striking the child, kicking the child. ... It's upsetting."

They went to Govender's Cleveland Heights home to arrest her. Her husband said she had fled to avoid prosecution and possible immigration problems with an-about-to-expire visa.

The FBI entered the case and found Govender had flown out of Cleveland Hopkins Airport to Dulles Airport to South Africa.

South African does not have an extradition agreement with the United States.  That means Govender is untouchable as long as she stays there.

Asked whether it was advisable for parents using nannies to install security cameras, Sparkman said,  "It's a responsible parent that monitors the well-being of their child and wants to see the best as they can, in a world that requires them to work the hours they do.  (The Marzianis) are deeply concerned and good parents."

Facts in the case will be presented to a grand jury Thursday. More charges are expected in a case that may never be tried.  Investigators say Govender was hired through an agency, but declined to name the program.
View TV News Clip here:  http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/195737/45/Lake-County-Nanny-leaves-coun...

June 30 2011 Update:  We have a follow-up on the incident that we reported yesterday regarding the au pair who was caught on the host family's nanny cam assaulting their young son.

We confirmed that the au pair was from Au Pair in America and Ruth Ferry, Senior Vice President, gave us this statement: 


"Au Pair in America is aware of the situation regarding the au pair from South Africa. We regret what their young son experienced and are delighted to hear he is doing well. The host family has just welcomed their seventh au pair from Au Pair in America to replace the departed au pair."
Ruth Frizell Ferry
Sr Vice President and Director
Au Pair in America

Read about the Importance of Au Pair Screening!

Read more about Nanny Cams NOW!

Read host parent's comments regarding Au Pair in America


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