Babysitter Refuses to Watch 2-Year-Old Abandoned by Parents

Gillian Sisley

How far should a babysitter’s responsibilities go?

The pandemic affected a lot of industries in negative ways, and one of the areas it impacted most was childcare, both for workers and for parents.

Most parents reported that child care increased financially during the pandemic, with many lamenting that there was a lack of availability and accessibility for child care services in their hometowns.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a babysitter refuses to continue looking after the child that was in her care when the parents don't show up on time to pick up their kid at the agreed-upon time.

How far should a babysitter’s responsibilities go?

A Reddit post published on August 17th, reported on by Samantha Berlin from Newsweek, has gone viral with 15,600 upvotes and 1,300 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that she and her boyfriend took in the child of the boyfriend's ex overnight on a last-minute basis, because the child's biological father had canceled on the mother.

The author adds that she and her boyfriend didn't have any plans that night, so they agreed to help look after the child. However, they told the mother that they had brunch reservations at 11:00 a.m. the next morning, and she would have to pick up her 2-year-old by 9:00 a.m. She agreed to this, and dropped the kid off.

With that said, the mother did not show up on time to get her kid, and so the author and her boyfriend kept calling and calling. The mom finally answered the phone at 10:00 a.m. saying she had the 'worst hangover ever', and wouldn't be able to pick up her son until 2:00 p.m. even though she only lives 15 minutes away.

The author reminded the woman of their brunch reservations, and she told them to just ‘bring her child along with them’. The author states that the child is 2 years old and they had no intention to bring him to brunch.

Coordinating safe childcare must be a parent’s first responsibility.

The boyfriend ultimately canceled the brunch reservations so that they could look after the child, but the author was furious since the kid neither belongs to her nor her boyfriend. She then called the woman back and said that if she didn't pick up her son by noon they would be calling the police.

The author gave the woman 30 minutes to come to get her child, and even waited an hour out of courtesy. But after that hour was up, she called the police and said she was babysitting an infant and had no idea where the parents were, and that they were 2 hours late for picking up the kid. The police came to grab the child, and took the kid to the police station. The 2-year-old was treated as a 'lost child'.

When the mother actually arrived at 3:00 p.m. to pick up her child, only to discover that the author had indeed called the police, she was belligerent and called the author all sorts of colorful names.

What do you think? Did the author do the right thing by calling the cops, considering the mother seems to be neglectful and the child's life could be in danger? Or did this cross the line and was just a petty response to having brunch plans canceled?

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