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December 5, 2013

DA: Nanny left 2-year-old alone in apartment

DANVERS — A woman hired off a website as a nanny to watch two young Danvers children repeatedly left a 2-year-old child alone inside a Conant Street apartment last spring, prosecutors allege.

And when confronted by police, Lisa Dibiasso, 23, first claimed that she had been kidnapped, then later insisted to investigators that she was being stalked and had fled the apartment for the safety of the child.

Yesterday, Dibiasso, who recently moved from Peabody to Burlington, pleaded not guilty to a single count of child endangerment. But prosecutor Patrick Collins told a Salem District Court judge that the investigation is continuing and that police may be filing additional counts as they determine exactly how many times the 2-year-old girl was left alone last spring.

For now, Dibiasso remains free on her own recognizance on the condition that she not work with children.

The child’s mother had hired Dibiasso through the website Care.com to care for her two children while she was at work, she later told police. An older child was apparently at school during the morning hours.

But two upstairs neighbors were concerned when they saw Dibiasso leave the apartment several times alone. They spoke to the mother of the children, who agreed to let them enter her apartment to check on the child if they saw it happen again.

On the morning of May 9, it did, Collins told Judge Robert Brennan. The neighbors found the toddler alone in the first-floor apartment. They called the mother and police and took the child to their apartment.

About a half-hour later, police were present when Dibiasso called the mother and heard the mother say, “You were kidnapped?”

Patrolman Phil Tansey took the phone, and Dibiasso then told him the kidnapping story — which the officer quickly rejected.

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