They've never found Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster? I don't think so.
Let's look at the facts.
Brandy Albright was babysitting a 2 year old boy in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She fell asleep. OK, it happens.
She fell asleep on the toilet. Hm. That's not good.
The boy wandered outside. He was found either in "an alligator-infested canal" or near a "busy highway" depending on which report you believe. I'm not sure which is worse, but certainly neither one is good. Also not good: The kid was wearing a shirt smeared with feces.
One more thing: Police found a bottle of OxyContin in the house. That could explain the whole falling asleep on the toilet thing, and the fact that it took the policemen two minutes to rouse Ms. Albright from her slumber.According to CBS News, the child is now with his mother after a brief stop at the Department of Children and Families.
We don't want to make light of this. It's a terrible story. On the other hand, it does make me realize how lucky I've been. When you leave your kids with a babysitter, that's a huge responsibility. Sometimes it's a person whom you know very well, like a grandparent (if they're interested, that is). But what about that friend of a friend who shows up and seems perfectly normal -- until you come home from "date night" to find that she turned one of your son's Transformers into a bong.
Luckily that's never happened to me. I have had babysitters who stood me up at the last minute, though, and one who showed up with a friend and informed me that she couldn't make it but her friend would be happy to take the job. Since my son was still a baby at the time, I declined and made other arrangements.
But that's nothing. We know there are millions of stories out there and we want to hear them.
What's your babysitting nightmare? Share your story with us in the comments.