The “Nightmare Nanny” – aka 64 year-old Diane Stretton – is finally speaking out about the things said about her by the California family that fired her as their live-in nanny. And boy, does she have some juicy nuggets of info.
On June 29, we brought you this story:
First we saw her, then we didn’t and now we’re getting an earful about the alleged abuse she endured in the home of Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte – an Upland, California couple with three young children. The family hired Stretton, after placing an ad on Craigslist, to care for their three children, ages 11, 4 and 1, and to perform general housekeeping along with some cooking.
But after a week or so, the Bracamontes said Stretton stopped working and, like a teenage kid, locked herself in her room and would only make an appearance when she wanted to be fed. The family fired her, but she refused to leave.
The nanny-turned-squatter then took off last week, but left all of her things. Upland police said they spotted Stretton in a car, outside of their police station, hiding under a blue windshield cover.
“I think she actually spends her day trying to ruin people’s lives,” an exasperated Marcella Bracamonte, 31, said.
The Bracamontes tried everything they could to remove this evil version of Mrs. Doubtfire – they contacted police, served the nanny with drawn up papers and contracts, even put a bike lock on their refrigerator to keep Stretton from mooching. But she wouldn’t leave. What’s more, police said that the family must go through a formal, potentially months-long eviction process, because the nanny had “established legal residency.”
But the sue-happy Stretton is telling a different story. She says the Bracamontes treated her “like an animal” when she was forced to take two sick days off earlier in June. She says it was the first time off she had requested since starting the job in March. Stretton says she was overworked, underappreciated and even was forced to eat dog food.
“There wasn’t a single day I was there, except for the two days I was sick, that I didn’t do dishes and about two or three hours of cleanup,” Stretton said.
“I didn't get lunch breaks, I didn't get coffee breaks, I didn't get any holidays. Basically, I was working 24/7,” she said. “They were the ones that were trying to exploit me, as if I was some poor migrant worker from a foreign country that they could just exploit and work 24/7.”
According to the Bracamontes, Stretton was not paid. The agreement was that they would provide room and board for the nanny in exchange for her services. It was later found out that Stretton was homeless close to a decade before answering the family’s Craigslist ad. The family says they did a background check, but somehow missed the fact that their would-be-nanny was a litigant in dozens of lawsuits.
CNN says they “discovered that Stretton is on the California's Vexatious Litigant List, a list of people who continually bring legal action, regardless of merit, against others with the sole intention of harassment. CNN found dozens of lawsuits filed by Stretton in California over the years.”
The family says they didn’t “force” her to eat dog food; their kids placed a can of food outside of her door as a joke.
CNN says that a judge has sided with Stretton, ruling that the Bracamontes “did not terminate the nanny's employment in a legal manner.” But Stretton has agreed to move out, possibly by this weekend.