February 23, 2007

Babysitter attempts to snatch child in Trinidad


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Police in Trinidad were on Monday searching for a young woman who stabbed her employer seven times and hog-tied his wife in an attempt to kidnap their four-year-old daughter.

Investigators found a bag containing the child’s clothing, diapers and baby lotion which led them to believe that she was planning her move.{{more}}

She was prevented from carrying out her plan when the child’s parents got caught in the middle, police said.

The incident happened at the family’s home at Mount Hope last week Tuesday night.

The businessman, who did not want to be identified, said the woman answered an advertisement for a live-in babysitter/ housekeeper three weeks ago.

The businessman, who operates an import/export company, said he took his family out last Tuesday and when they returned around 10 p.m. the babysitter was still awake.

“She usually went to bed early. We called her to tell her we came home and she did not answer, but her light was on. My wife went to check on her and the babysitter invited her into the bedroom.

“Two men were inside there with her. The men held my wife and tied her up and placed her in a corner. A while afterwards I saw the babysitter and she said she had something to show me. I followed her cautiously and when I reached the door to her room I saw a man from the corner of my eyes. I slammed the door and ran outside, jumped a seven-foot tall fence and went onto the road and started screaming. My daughter was asleep in our bed at the time,” he said.

The businessman said one of the men who had followed him, ran away when a neighbour shouted that the police were on their way.

“When he left I ran back inside and the babysitter jumped me and began stabbing me about the body. When she was done she ran out the road and took a taxi, the other man followed her.

“I was bleeding but I found my wife and untied her. She took the baby to a neighbour’s house and then took me to the hospital,” he said.

He underwent a four-hour long emergency surgery at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

Investigators believe the woman lives in Tobago and is involved in a gang which had conned several families across the country.