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Craigslist Babysitter Made Porn with 2-Year-Old

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He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

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The parents of a 2-year-old Minnesota girl needed a babysitter, so they put an ad on Craigslist in August 2007. When they hired Aaron Jay Lemon, 23, they had no idea he would make a child porn video with their daughter, but that's exactly what happened.

Lemon admitted Wednesday to producing the video. He also admitted to coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

This makes us never want to hire a babysitter again.

But if you do need one, how do you know you're hiring someone you can trust not to harm your child?

Most child care workers suggest hiring someone you know to watch your kids, or only using word-of-mouth recommendations. But if you can't, Lindsay Heller, Psy.D, licensed clinical psychologist, recommends the following:

1. Scrutinize resumes.
Look for breaks in employment -- and ask about them. Also, make sure the babysitter has experience caring with children the same age as your own.

2. Always call references.
"Don't just verify the babysitter worked there," Heller says. "Ask if the family would hire him again, how he handled emergencies, and how prompt he was. Then implement a trial day so you can watch him."

3. Pay for a background check.
It will cost you, but it's worth it. Also, ask the babysitter to get a driving record from the past 10 years from the DMV.

4. Go with your gut.
"The bottom line is, when trusting a stranger in your home with your children, you have to go with your gut," Heller says. "Watch how your kids respond to your babysitter. Do they fear him? Cry when you leave? You could always have a neighbor casually drop by to check up on things."

5. When in doubt, install a nanny cam.
"You should never feel guilty for using a camera in your home," Heller says. "However, you must tell your sitter up front that this will happen -- a good sitter will have no problem with this. Nanny cam laws vary from state to state so make sure you check your state's law."

"These steps may seem extreme, but they're crucial," Heller says. "It's always better to be overly cautious than sorry."

We hope Aaron Jay Lemon gets the maximum sentence for such a monstrous and disgusting act, and our heart goes out to the toddler's family in this horrific time.

Would you ever hire a babysitter from Craigslist? Comment in the momlogic community.


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