Couple: ‘Nightmare nanny’ refuses to leave home after firing

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A couple in Upland, Calif., was caught in what they described Thursday as a “nanny nightmare.”

Marcella and Ralph  Bracamonte fired their live-in nanny three weeks ago, but said the woman was refusing to leave and even threatened the couple with legal action.

“She said, ‘if you want me to go, you’ll need to evict me. I have rights,'” Marcella Bracamonte said.

In March, Marcella Bracamonte placed an ad on Craigslist looking for a retiree to watch her three children and help around the house in exchange for room and board.

Dianne Stretton, 64, accepted the job and the Bracamontes said she was amazing, at least at first.

“She completely reverted after a couple weeks into someone who didn’t want to do anything and that only came out when it was time to eat,” Ralph Bracamente said.

After asking Stretton repeatedly to help out around the house, Marcella Bracamonte said she gave her a last-chance letter, asking her to either live up to her part of the agreement or leave.

Stretton allegedly responded again by threatening legal action.

“If we’re to lock her out of our house she could sue us, if we’re to grab her stuff and throw it out of our house she can sue us,” Ralph Bracamente said.

The Bracamontes said they tried everything to get the unwanted nanny to leave, even turning off the cable and internet and locking the refrigerator at night.

But that only made things worse, the couple said.

Instead of leaving, the couple said Stretton threatening to sue them for breach of contract, wrongful termination and false imprisonment.

The couple claimed they recently discovered that Stretton had been involved in 37 lawsuits and had even sued several of her own family members.

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    • Diane

      The family were clearly set up by this woman. Dianne Stetton also knows how to play the legal system and has no conscientious or moral remorse. The only good thing to come out of this is that now people will become more aware about allowing ” outsiders’ to use their home as a mailing address. i never had the disposable to afford any live-in help Now I don’t feel so bad.

  • mmazzi

    Okay, let’s back up here, folks. Yes, this woman is obviously a scam artist. But the judge did the correct thing because this couple ALLOWED her to establish residency… so there’s a process involved. Imagine for a minute if this was a legitimate nanny with jerky employers who wanted to fire her for some imagined infraction after she was completely moved in. Just because someone has the money to hire a live in “servant” doesn’t mean they should be able to toss people to the curb like yesterday’s garbage. Nobody should be allowed to just put somebody out on the street that quickly unless it’s in a contractual agreement (even then it might not be legal… so “buyer of service, beware”).

    This couple was very irresponsible to allow a complete stranger to move into their home with access to their children, without completely checking her out! It says “they recently discovered that Stretton had been involved in 37 lawsuits”… well… whatever they did to “discover” that fact should have been done BEFORE THEY ALLOWED THIS STRANGER FROM CRAIG’S LIST TO MOVE INTO THEIR HOME AND BE GIVEN UNSUPERVISED CONTROL OF THEIR CHILDREN!!! This couple was EXTREMELY IRRESPONSIBLE! And, I’m not a lawyer, but I would think that if you want to be able to throw someone out on the street immediately even though you have allowed them to establish legal residence, then, at the very least, you should have had that specified in a contract with notarized signatures. You get what you pay for… scam artists come for free. Craig’s list is no better than putting an index card on the bulletin board of the supermarket. These folks need to take some logic classes before continuing to raise children.