Received Friday, March 13, 2008
On Friday, March 13, around 9:45 am I witnessed something with a nanny at the museum that bothered me.
The nanny involved was younger, probably early 20s, Caucasian with short, blonde hair pulled into a pony tail. She wore blue jeans and a blue, zip up hoodie. She spoke with an accent, I think Polish was probably her original language (This is one of the reasons I believe she was the nanny, as there are many Polish nannies in this area.)
She was with two little girls. Ages approximately 3 and 5. Both little girls had light brown/dark blonde hair in half pony tails, the older one with a big black bow. They both wore jeans and the older one had a black and white horizontal striped shirt while the younger one had a white shirt on. The nanny called the younger one Bella and Isabella. I think the older one might have been named Olivia (but I didn't hear it well, so I could be wrong.)
I was at the museum with my charge. She and I walked into the doll area and it was empty except for one little girl (the younger of the two I described, Bella). She was playing on the floor. I looked around and didn't see any adults anywhere that seemed to be watching her. The areas in this museum are walled off, with only one doorway in and out, and there were no adults in sight that were looking in her direction. I watched her for about two minutes, looking around for a parent, then tried to ask her who she was there with. She wouldn't talk to me, so I decided to just watch her until someone claimed her or a staff member came close enough for me to inform.
After about three minutes of my charge and I being in there, Her nanny came in from the Vet area (across the way) with the sister. She didn't seem alarmed that the girl was playing by herself in there, just said it was time to go. It was obvious the girl had not wandered off, the nanny knew she was in there and let her play by herself. This is a very crowded and busy museum. Anyone easily could have taken the child and the nanny would have never known. I don't think this is a "bad" nanny in every sense, she seemed decent, but definitely needs to be informed of the danger of leaving children unsupervised in public places.