Received Sunday, July 25, 2010
I am a nanny for a family in Mt. Washington, a neighborhood of Baltimore City. I attend the Mt. Washington Swim Club with my charges 5 days a week. What I see everyday astounds me. I never see a single nanny or babysitter in the pool with the children. I get comments all the time about how great it is a I play in the pool with the kids instead of sitting on the sidelines texting like all the other babysitters. Yesterday was a specific incident that annoyed me alot was a 6 or 7 yr old African american child by the name of Moses. This child is rough with other kids and has on several occasions climbed on my back and hit me. I see this child at the pool several days a week with no babysitter in sight. Yesterday he was using profanities and called me a Mother F***er and used other not so good words in front of lots of other children. Another little boy said his babysitter was babysitting him, and I asked him where she was and he pointed up the hill and told me she was sleeping. She was laying on her stomach with her head facing away from the pool. She was nowhere near the pool. First of all, she needs to keep this kid under control, and she needs to keep an eye and make sure he is safe, he is too young to be in the pool alone. Another child went up the hill and told the babysitter what this child was saying and she finally got up put a cover up on and she took the boys and left. This babysitter was wearing a yellow bikini with a red cover up she was young, probably 17-20ish and blonde, and thin. This is not the only problem babysitter at this pool, I see plenty of babysitters just playing on their phones, the other day I witnessed one babysitter sit and text for a long time, while her charge played in the pool, she looked at the clock, got in the pool and 5 mins later the mom showed up, so it appeared she played in the pool. If your babysitter takes your kids to this pool (or any pool) please make surprise visits and see what your babysitter is really doing.