8 Crazy Nannies Who Should’ve Been Background Checked

No matter what the business is, hiring can be a challenge. However, the stakes are much higher when you are hiring a nanny to take care of your children while you are not there to directly supervise. Some nannies have been making headlines for their shocking and atrocious behavior, which only tells you that there is much risk involved when hiring a caregiver. Many people make the mistake of relying on their gut intuition as the primary decision-making criteria when looking for the ideal candidate, but nowadays, it’s just simply not enough.

A vital step to this process that should be incorporated is a background check. Running a background check gives you other options to weigh and evaluate a candidate. Be on the lookout for red flags that your potential nanny might turn out to be one of the many convicted, crazy nannies out there. You may be surprised to find that a candidate you initially thought was perfect actually had a history of DUIs, violence, theft convictions, illegal drug use, or even active warrants. Here are just a few examples of nannies who should have been background checked before they were hired to supervise children.

  1. Jimena Barreto

    Convicted of murder in the hit-and-run deaths of two children, Troy Pack, 10 years old, and his sister, Alana, 7 years old, Jimena Barreto had four previous convictions for driving while intoxicated. She also has a medical history of taking prescription drugs: painkillers and muscle relaxants. Barreto was seen drinking earlier in the day of the accident before swerving across two lanes without braking and smashing into the children.

  2. Gianna Cochran

    Sentenced to 25 years in prison, Gianna Cochran’s abusive behavior towards children was revealed in a series of nanny cam video tapes that showed her smothering children and tossing them onto furniture. Cochran blames her abusive behavior on the emotional abuse she endured throughout her life. It is clear throughout the trial that Cochran was never mentally or emotionally stable enough to take care of children.

  3. Scott Andrew Christensen

    An after-school program worker for six years was convicted of molesting two young boys at Saddleback Valley Unified School. This isn’t the first conviction for Christensen, who was previously charged of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy who he was babysitting. With three felony counts of lewd acts against children younger than 14, Christensen could face a long sentence and a spot on the sex offender’s list.

  4. Christine Falling

    Known as the “Caretaker Killer,” Christine Falling required regular doses of medication throughout her childhood to control epileptic seizures. As a child, she had a history of violence by showing her “love” for cats by strangling them. With chaotic relationships with her family and husband, she fell into a bizarre hypochondriac phase, going in and out of hospitals at total of 50 times within two years. She was convicted of a lifetime sentence after being responsible for the deaths of six children while working as a babysitter. During her trial, she confessed to killing children as a response to disembodied voices in her head chanting, “Kill the baby.” Clearly, a woman with so such a tumultuous past and medical history is not suitable to be a caretaker, and many red flags would have been exposed in a background check.

  5. Myra Hindley

    A history of violence shrouds Myra Hindley as “the most evil woman in Britain.” Together with her husband, Ian Brady, who also had a long history of violence, the couple committed at least five murders of children between ages 10 and 17, who were sexually assaulted before they were murdered.

  6. Daniel Cortopassi

    Advertising himself on Craigslist as a male nanny, Dan Cortopassi, 21, was arrested on five counts of child pornography. Specifically, he had 278 pornographic videos on his personal computer involving children, which was discovered after a search of his personal computer. Authorities are now seeking help from anyone who has hired Mr. Cortopassi for possible further charges.

  7. Carollena Vaccaro

    With a long criminal history including fraud and theft, it’s disconcerting that Ms. Vaccaro still got hired as a nanny working for an entrepreneurial family. The loophole in this case is that Ms. Vaccaro gave the family a different name, her cousin’s name DeRosa, so the background check came back clean. Vaccaro has taken advantage of many other families using several different names. With false identity information, the family should have conducted other tests to verify both her credentials, which would have saved them much trouble and distress.

  8. Erin Denny

    Charged with a felony count of aggravated battery to a child she was babysitting, Erin Denny was already on parole. Besides violating her parole, Denny also had past convictions of theft, prostitution, domestic battery, and illegal drug use. The question that remains unanswered is how the family of the child remained unaware of Denny’s criminal history when they hired her.