Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of being a first-time parent is taking a night away from the kids and leaving them in the care of a babysitter.
The very first night out can almost fill you with equal parts dread and guilt as you entrust a close family member or a total stranger with the well-being of your children. As the parent-babysitter trust grows, these feelings quickly subside, and in many cases, the caregiver becomes part of the family. But just because they’re “family” doesn’t mean that your kids are always in safe hands. One Oregon family is finding this out the hard way.
Parents Joshua Marbury and Alicia Quinney thought they were leaving their one-year-old son Jacob in the hands of a capable babysitter who the couple considered to be as close to family as their own flesh and blood.