Family Stumped by Fired Live-In Nanny Who Won't Leave
A California family is stumped about what to do with a live-in nanny
they say refuses to work, refuses to be fired and refuses to leave.
In fact, Marcella Bracamonte claims that the nanny, Diane Stretton, has
threatened to sue the family for wrongful firing and elder abuse.
Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte of Upland, California, say they hired
Stretton, 64, as a live-in nanny on March 4 to help with their three
children, ages 11, 4, and 1. According to the couple, the terms of
Stretton's employment were that Stretton was to nanny for the family and
help around the house in exchange for room and board.
“We’ve done it before and have never had a problem,” Marcella Bracamonte
told ABC News. “I was a stay-at-home mom and thought it would be good
to have someone around to help out.”
Courtesy Marcella Bracamonte
Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte from Upland, Calif., seen here with their
three children, say that their live-in nanny refuses to do her job or
leave their home after they attempted to terminate her employment.
“The first few weeks she was awesome,” Bracamonte said. “She would come
places with us, help out the kids. She was really great.”
Then things changed.
“All of a sudden she stopped working, she would stay in her room all day
and only come out when food was ready,” said Bracamonte.
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Stretton then told the couple she had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which prevented her from helping around the house.
After what Bracamonte said was weeks of failed attempts to encourage
Stretton to perform some of her agreed upon duties, the couple
approached her on June 6 with a “last chance letter” reiterating the
conditions of her job and stating the consequences if she continued to
ignore her responsibilities. Stretton, Bracamonte said, refused to sign
the letter, saying that the job was too much for her and she would be
leaving in 30 days.
The Bracamontes approached her with a second letter putting her 30-day
notice in writing, which, they said, she also refused to sign.
“When I asked her why she wouldn’t sign the letter she said ‘It’s not
legal,’ and slammed the door in my face,” Bracamonte recalled. “Once she
said the word legal, I knew it wasn’t going to be fun.”
Bracamonte called the police, but the cops declined to do anything,
saying it was a civil matter. Lt. John Moore of the Upland Police
Department confirmed to ABC News that there is no immediate action that
can be taken against Stretton, saying "generally, once somebody has
established residency, you have to go through a formal eviction
Bracamonte soon realized that this was not Stretton’s first time with
legal matters. Stretton reportedly has been involved in 36 lawsuits,
landing herself on California’s Vexatious Litigant Lists for repeatedly
abusing the legal system.
“Anyone who looks at her crooked, she sues,” said Bracamonte.
She claims that Stretton is now threatening to sue for wrongful firing and elder abuse.
Stretton is still living in the family's home, eating the family's food
and Bracamonte said Stretton told her she wanted the family out of the
house from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“I’m not going to bend for her,” said Bracamonte. “I’m in charge, this
is my house. She’s not going to scare me out of my own house.”
But Bracamonte fears for her three children staying in the house with
Stretton, saying “I worry there’s obviously something not right in her
mind, and the police won’t protect us until someone gets hurt.”
“You don’t know what you’re opening yourself up to when you open your house to someone,” said Bracamonte.
BHM, HOW WOULD YOU GET RID OF HER???