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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 Marblehead YMCA fired two day care workers who allowed a baby to go unsupervised, according to Patch news partners 7News.

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.

For details on the YMCA incident, please visit 7News.

chip randall February 07, 2013 at 07:51 PM
First child ?
ach February 07, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Or Swedish day care workers?
csp February 07, 2013 at 10:48 PM
When did the patch change their story? What happened to the editorial post about the overreaction from the parents, why was it removed? Has patch changed their mind? Clearly the police did not think it was an overreaction as they filed a 51A against the YMCA.
Chris Helms (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Hi csp, we haven't removed any post. You're looking for our Facebook page, where there are 50 comments and counting excoriating me for not understanding the seriousness of the incident. Here's a link: http://www.facebook.com/MarbleheadPatch
Ilariya Scheffreen February 08, 2013 at 02:41 AM
No overreaction! The lights were off and babysitting room closed and locked, I'd be terriffed if it were my child left unattended. "Only left alone for two to five minutes." Do you know what can happen in 5 seconds? Any child can be kidnapped within seconds. What happened is sickening and unacceptable, of course both staff members were fired and facing criminal charges. Hey Patch, you're leaving facts out to make this situation not seem as bad as it is. The YMCA and it's staff F..... up, big time. Accept that reality.
louise February 08, 2013 at 05:09 PM
While your note about differing societal standards for leaving children alone is interesting I don't see that it has any bearing on this particular story. When a parent entrusts the care of a child to people paid to look after that child it is expected that those "caregivers" will be there for the duration of the stay. I'd say the YMCA was damn lucky it was only 2-5 minutes because it could have been longer. The incident certainly raises a bunch of questions about what, exactly, goes on once the parents leave the room.

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