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Au Pair Assaults Young Boy

Sherborn, MA:   Police arrested Mareike Arbeiter, 23, on Wednesday at the Page Farm Road home where she lived and cared for two young children, including the 3-year-old boy she is accused of assaulting, prosecutor Emily Jackson said Thursday during Arbeiter's Natick District Court arraignment. The German au pair was recently hired by the family through Au Pair in America, one of the nation's largest au pair agencies.  The parents were suspiscoius of the au pair, because their young boys were not behaving normally - the father installed nanny cameras throughout the home, and soon after, he discovered the au pair shoving his son down to the ground.  Here is more about the incident from a news story that was just released today (December 13, 2014):

By Normal Miller, staff writer Dover-Sherborn Press

A nanny cam set up to watch a German au pair's behavior with her Sherborn charges caught her violently shoving a toddler to the ground on Tuesday, authorities said in court Thursday. Sherborn Police arrested Mareike Arbeiter, 23, on Wednesday at the Page Farm Road home where she lived and cared for two young children, including the 3-year-old boy she is accused of assaulting, prosecutor Emily Jackson said Thursday during Arbeiter's Natick District Court arraignment. The court is housed in Framingham District Court. "When the police spoke to her about physically assaulting my son, she was very cold," the child's father told Judge David Cunis when the father was seeking a restraining order on the family's behalf. "She told them, 'He was driving me crazy.' She had no regret." The father told Cunis that he and his wife hired Arbeiter through a service to care for their two children. The father said he noticed both children had been "acting up" lately, and he said he had a "gut feeling" that Arbeiter may have been the cause. So, the man said, he set up several hidden cameras in the house earlier this week to monitor her. On Wednesday, when reviewing the video, he caught an assault that occurred on Tuesday.  "She grabbed him by the shoulder and shoved him hard enough that his head snapped back and he fell to the ground," the father said. "She left the room, and then came back, and instead of walking around him, she stepped over him. He was face down, crying." 

Though there were no visible injuries on the child, the father said his wife was bringing the boy to the doctors as a precaution.  Cunis granted the restraining order, banning Arbeiter from having any contact with the family.  Police charged Arbeiter with domestic assault and battery.  Arbeiter was employed through Au Pair in America.

Au Pair Clearinghouse has been following this agency and writing about their problematic screening methods. 

In 2011, we reported a very similar story when another au pair from Au Pair in America was found striking and kicking a small boy.  The father, also following a gut feeling about the au pair, installed a nanny cam.  He called the police after he viewed disturbing videos of his au pair assaulting his son.  The father, Joseph Marziana, 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.  The police had a very strong reaction when they watched the alleged incident:  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."  The au pair, Govender, fled the country before she could stand trial and is now considered 'at large."   You can read the full story here.

What can we learn about these two stories above?  Parents need to be very diligent when researching childcare options - several years ago, and before we started our current au pair review site, there was not many opportunities or sources to read about au pair agencies.  TODAY, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS KIND OF SITUATION TO HAPPEN!  Any parent who reads our reviews on the 15 au pair agencies, including Au Pair in America, will have all the necessary information at their fingertips to avoid making a poor match, or in this case, a very troubling and dangerous match.  Thank goodness the parents followed their inner voice and did the due diligence via nanny cam to identify the au pair's abusive behavior.  

Even without a paid membership, our news article on the 2011 au pair assaulting a child news story is free - anyone who comes to our site will be able to read any news on assault cases involving children without making any kind of payment!

Here are a few articles that are worth reading and we suggest any new parent to read them before signing a contract with an au pair agency:



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