Prosecutors say 3-month-old Rylan Koopmeiners died of blunt force trauma on July 27, 2012, while under the care of Sarah Gumm, a nanny the girl’s parents found on Care.com.
According to the suit, Gumm, 33, repeatedly left the 3-month-old unattended while she allegedly took a taxi to a local pharmacy and purchased wine. The lawsuit goes on to allege that Gumm was under the influence of alcohol while providing nanny services and “negligently struck and/or slammed Rylan on her head causing a head injury” and ultimately, death.
Gumm has been charged with first-degree murder and is in jail awaiting trial.
Nathan and Reggan Koopmeiners say Care.com is partially responsible for their child’s death because an adequate background check was not performed on Gumm.
The parents claim they paid for the “Premier Background Check” on Gumm, the highest level of background check offered by Care.com, but that the site was negligent in performing the check.
Gumm has a history of alcohol abuse and violence, according to the suit, including two DUI citations in 2010, a criminal felony matter in 2012 and a 2004 battery incident.
The Koopmeiners say they would have never hired Gumm had they known this.
“We are deeply saddened by this event. In following up with our safety team, we’re sorry to report that the family did not avail themselves of the background checking services for this provider and thus the facts as reported are incorrect. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family,” a representative for Care.com told HLN.
Gumm is being held under a $3,000,000 bond and will appear in court in September.