Frank Jakoubek and Bethany Carlson with their son Frankie.

Warning: what you are about to read is so disturbing, you might have a hard time believing something like this could ever happen to you.

But after you finish, you’re going to re-think everything. Because a family from a prestigious neighborhood in New York City is still reeling about this experience. Keep reading to learn how their baby boy ended up at the scene of a dangerous felony, and how it could happen to anyone.

“I’m sick to my stomach.”

That quote came from Bethany Carlson. Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined a nightmare like this would happen. Her baby boy was found by police crying alone in a hotel lobby. He was 30 miles away from home in another state because the babysitter she hired online brought him when she went to set her ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. Yes, you read that right…

When cops arrived at the Sheraton on Route 17 in New Jersey to respond to the fire, they discovered the baby had been left alone in the hotel lobby. Babysitter Leslie Rosario was detained at the scene. For some reason, she gave a fake name for Frankie, so police couldn’t even locate the family right away.

Frankie’s mom is saying that she had a “gut feeling” about Rosario after she began showing up late regularly for her shifts with outlandish excuses, such as being robbed at knifepoint – but she still never imagined something this crazy and dangerous could happen.

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Carlson had hired Rosario a month earlier off of a popular babysitting app. Her profile had been verified, boasted multiple references, and said she had 12 years of babysitting experience and was “energetic, caring, and most of all reliable.”
And that’s exactly the issue with sites like this. The sitter writes the profile, shares what they want, and there is little or no verification.

That’s why it’s so critical to ask for a SafetyPIN… or, after something as crazy as this, to insist on one,
If you’re thinking of hiring a sitter online, let Bethany Carlson’s story be a stark warning. There are dangerous people everywhere on the Internet. Only SafetyPIN screens for criminal history AND behavior indicators. Our proprietary algorithm would have recognized the risk and not awarded a SafetyPIN to someone like Rosario.

So the next time you find a seemingly caring and reliable nanny online, go one step further. Ask for their SafetyPIN to make sure you are hiring someone you can REALLY trust with your kids. And if you find that they simply haven’t applied yet, tell them it’s only $1 to apply here. It’s the best way to know who can be trusted in real life, so you don’t have to rely only on your gut feeling or a profile they wrote themselves.

Watch this short video to learn more about how asking for a SafetyPIN can keep you safer: