Received Friday, April 2, 2010
Date: April 2
Time: 10:30 AM
Place: Grassy pier at the end of 10th street, on the Hudson River (NYC)
Description: 3 boys, who were 4 or 5 years old (Caucasian) and Nannies
(1 initially, then a second one later, both were Asian, perhaps 30? not teenagers for sure). I know there are people who might suggest that these are the moms, not nannies, but all three boys were Caucasian and two nannies were Asian, so I think it is pretty likely that these were nannies.
There were three boys playing when we arrived, I didn't know if they were there with parent or nanny because no one was nearby. I took out some toys for my kid and his friends and the boys asked if they could see them. We shared the toys with them at a table near the end of the pier (at the river). The boys shared fairly nicely and then the nanny appeared and sat down after about 5 minutes after us. She was fine and I asked her to have the boys put the toys back in my bag when finished(as my kid was ready to play elsewhere on the pier). I went off with my child. I came back later and she was with one of the boys and she gave us one toy back (I had to go retrieve the toys from the other two boys later on, but that was no biggie, there was only one toy of the half dozen that was of super importance to my kid). The boys were nice, well behaved and did as I asked.
(ISYN publication error, see below for more information)
A while after this, one little boy playing near us was grabbing at the crotch of pants. I asked him where his nanny was because I couldn't see her at all. He looked around and said nothing (so I think he couldn't see her either) but he continued to grab. At that point, I suggested a bushy area nearby (no bathrooms ANYWHERE nearby for a boy who needed to go badly). He needed help so I helped him lower pants enough to go while standing and let him take care of the rest). I had my friend and her kids nearby and watching so that I could not be accused of doing anything inappropriate (hey, there are people out there who would sue over this!)Later I noticed the same nanny was now sitting on the side texting.She was VERY far away (I wasn't 100% sure it was her til I went by to leave) She was testing for at least 15 minutes and not looking up periodically at all to check on the boys during the time I saw her.When they left, there were 3 boys and TWO nannies, surprising me,because I didn't even know that there was a second one. Watching more than one kid in any area is tough, but this pier is particularly difficult for minding multiple active kids. It does not have a gate or fence on the side where it meets the Hudson River Path/Park. It also has rails on three sides that have openings large enough for a preschooler to fit through (or go over) pretty easily).