Marblehead YMCA Staffers Fired After Baby Was Left Alone
A 10-month-old was left alone at the Marblehead Y's day care service — albeit for only two to five minutes. But that was enough for two workers to be fired and prompt a state investigation.
The 10-month-old was only alone for between two and five minutes — and was sleeping securely in a stroller. But that was enough to outrage the child's mother and father.
"It’s scary," father Andrew Turcotte told 7News. "It was only about an hour and a half that you leave your baby there and there’s more than one staff member there so it felt safe at first and now we can’t take him back there."
Societies differ wildly on standards for leaving children alone. For example, in Scandinavia it is the custom to leave babies outside in strollers to nap during winter. It's believed the practice toughens the children, leads to good health and makes them sleep better.