​Nanny Who Wouldn’t Leave: House Nightmare Disappears

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June 30, 2021

The Nanny who wouldn’t leave has disappeared, and so has the nightmare, according to the family she worked for. She was the infamous nanny who refused to depart the home, even though she was fired. Diane Stretton has threatened to sue them for wrongful firing and elder abuse. The 64-year-old live-in was hired on March 4 to take care of the three children.

The nanny first wouldn’t leave, but has since disappeared, according to Latino FOX News. The nanny lived with Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte for about two months, but then decided she didn’t want to work. After being fired, she never left the home. She stayed “in her room and coming out only to go to the kitchen to eat their food,” they said.

“We’ve done it before and have never had a problem,” Marcella Bracamonte told ABC News about the live-in nanny refusing to leave. “I was a stay-at-home mom and thought it would be good to have someone around to help out.” Bracamonte said the first few weeks were great, but then things quickly changed.

“All of a sudden she stopped working, she would stay in her room all day and only come out when food was ready,” said Bracamonte. Stretton then told the couple she had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which prevented her from helping around the house. After what Bracamonte said was weeks of failed attempts to encourage Stretton to perform some of her agreed upon duties, the couple approached her on June 6 with a “last chance letter” reiterating the conditions of her job and stating the consequences if she continued to ignore her responsibilities.

The nanny, Bracamonte said, refused to sign the letter, saying that the job was too much for her and she would be leaving in 30 days. The Bracamontes approached her with a second letter putting her 30-day notice in writing, which, they said, she also refused to sign.

“When I asked her why she wouldn’t sign the letter she said ‘It’s not legal,’ and slammed the door in my face,” Bracamonte recalled. “Once she said the word legal, I knew it wasn’t going to be fun.”

Bracamonte called the police on the nanny, but the cops declined to do anything, saying it was a civil matter.

Lt. John Moore of the Upland Police Department said that there is no immediate action that can be taken against the nanny, saying “generally, once somebody has established residency, you have to go through a formal eviction process.”

Bracamonte soon realized that this was not this nanny’s first time with legal matters. Stretton reportedly has been involved in 36 lawsuits, landing herself on California’s Vexatious Litigant Lists for repeatedly abusing the legal system. “Anyone who looks at her crooked, she sues,” said Bracamonte.

She claims that thenanny not only refuses to leave, but is threatening to sue. Stretton is still living in the family’s home, eating the family’s food and Bracamonte said Stretton told her she wanted the family out of the house from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. “I’m not going to bend for her,” said Bracamonte. “I’m in charge, this is my house. She’s not going to scare me out of my own house.”

However, Bracamonte fears for her three children staying in the house with the nanny, saying “I worry there’s obviously something not right in her mind, and the police won’t protect us until someone gets hurt.”

Well, they no longer have to worry about that. She has left for good.