By AP News and Reuters / Reuters News Services IncThe mother of a babysitter whose story gained international attention said her daughter has been forced to spend time away from home because of the threat of domestic violence.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that the mother of an eight-year-old girl from the Bronx, who has not been identified, told the newspaper that her daughter had been molested by her babysitter.
The girl’s mother, Melissa D’Amico, told CNN that she was afraid of her daughter’s safety and would rather spend time with her family.
The Times reported that D’Ammico’s daughter is the subject of an investigation into whether she committed sexual abuse.
D’Amica told CNN the abuse happened while the girl was eight years old.
She said her son’s girlfriend, who was in a relationship with the babysitter, also had a history of domestic abuse.
The newspaper said the woman was charged with five counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
She had been on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case, and was expected to appear in court on Wednesday.
In the wake of the New York City case, lawmakers and advocates said that the epidemic of abuse in the United States needs to be addressed by reforming the child protective system.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that he has spoken with his New York State Legislature and the New Jersey legislature.
He added: “The governor will continue to take steps to address this issue, including by making it a priority to address the safety and well-being of all children in our state.”
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families released a statement saying it will cooperate with law enforcement and the state attorney general to assist in this investigation.
It said in the statement that it would work with the state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of children.
In Pennsylvania, Gov.
Tom Corbett, a Republican, said he is considering legislation that would require a warrant before a babysitting agency can turn over the records.
State Representative Steve Fong, who represents parts of Philadelphia and Bucks County, said that while he is supportive of the effort to reform the child welfare system, he also wants to ensure that every child has access to their mother.
Fong said the bill will protect children from abuse and foster care but not prevent them from getting their mother back.
Foong told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he will introduce a bill next week that would allow a person to ask a court to grant custody to a child if there is a valid warrant for their mother’s arrest.