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  • 1 July 2014, 16:20

'Nightmare Squatter Nanny' Says She Is Victim

A California live-in nanny who has refused to leave her former employers' home after losing her job has spoken out.

Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte say they hired Diane Stretton in March to do chores and watch their three children in return for room and board in their home in Upland, near Los Angeles.

The couple said they fired Ms Stretton after two months because she stopped working. She then refused to move out of her room in the family's apartment.

But Ms Stretton, 64, who has been dubbed "the nightmare nanny", told a local radio station she was a victim in the case, not a squatter.

"I didn't get lunch breaks," she told Los Angeles-based KNX 1070 news radio. "I didn't get coffee breaks, I didn't get any holidays. Basically, I was working 24/7.

"They were the ones that were trying to exploit me, as if I was some poor migrant worker from a foreign country."

Ms Stretton also denied she had been fired, insisting that she had quit.

Police say they cannot intervene because Ms Stretton has to be legally evicted.

Ms Stretton is currently sleeping in her car, while all of her belongings remain inside the Bracamontes' home, according to local media.

She has reportedly offered to move out soon.

 

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