Parents file suit against care.com after recommended babysitter kills their child
May 13, 2015
(Seattle) Former nanny Sarah Cullen was convicted of felony child abuse. The abuse led to the death of a 4 month old child in her care. The child died of head injuries. A sentence of 70 years in prison was handed down in March of 2014, and now the parents of Cash Bell, Christopher and Ashley Bell, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the website care.com and Cullen's previous daycare employer.
At issue; the couple's lawsuit claims the website care.com advertises itself nationally as a way to connect families with "qualified caregivers." However, the Bells say that although they paid an additional fee for a background check of Cullen, it failed to reveal a drunk driving conviction. The Bells say they would never have hired her if they had known.
Care.com has 14 million members worldwide. Caregivers post their qualifications for free, and care seekers buy a subscription starting at $37 per month.
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