RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — The story of the live-in nanny who refused to leave an Upland couple’s home was first reported by CBS2 on Wednesday evening.
That story went viral.
On Thursday, new details are emerging about Diane Stretton’s background.
Stretton is the 64-year-old nanny that Marcel and Ralph Bracamonte, a couple with three children, hired from a Craigslist ad in March.
They said about two months after starting, and when everything was going well, Stretton one day just refused to work. They said Stretton would sit in her room and refuse to clean house or take care of the children.
When they asked her to leave their home, she refused.
They gave her a three-day quit notice but apparently filed the paperwork wrong, and a judge sided with Stretton.
Marcela Bracamonte said: “I just feel helpless.”
On Thursday, CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Amy Johnson picked up the story she first reported Wednesday.
She said new details are emerging about Diane Stretton’s background, including several lawsuits she has filed and that have been filed against her, even cases involving family members.
Johnson spoke to several people, some by phone, and from all over the country, who said they had had legal dealings with Stretton.
Johnson said there are cases involving homeowners association upkeep, traffic accidents, estates, appliance purchases, even rental cars.
Johnson said Stretton also made numerous claims against family after being left out of her father’s will.
Because of all of her many filings, at one point she was deemed to be “vexatious,” or a troublesome litigant in probate proceedings.
“She has a right under landlord-tenant law to stay there [in the home],” said KCAL9 legal analyst Steve Meister. “At least that’s what the courts have said so far. The family has to go through an eviction process to force her to leave.”
Meister says the legal process could take months.
He offers advice to other parents thinking of hiring a live-in nanny.
“The prospective employer should take the time to consult with a lawyer or draw up what they are convinced is a legally enforceable and proper document,” said Meister.
He also said prospective employers should go through a nanny service that conducts background checks.
The story picks up Friday morning on “CBS This Morning” (7 a.m. – 9 a.m.) with legal analysis of the bizarre case.