Queens family says they fired nurse just two weeks before she allegedly submerged baby in scalding bath

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QUEENS (PIX11) -- A Queens family says the nurse accused of killing a baby by allegedly submerging her in scalding water had just been fired from their home for almost giving their toddler son a deadly dose of medicine.

When Danielle Bartell and Walter Marrero heard the news, they were in disbelief. The nurse they just fired from their home two weeks prior was now charged with murder of a baby.

Bartell says that on April 7, she watched 54-year-old Oluyemisi Adebayo almost give her severely disabled 3-year-old Tyler what could have been a deadly dosage of narcotics. Bartell became hysterical and kicked Adebayo out.

The woman, who the family hired through Harry's Nursing, had only been employed for four days. Bartell later found out that Adebayo had not kept track of what medicine she was giving the child.

But when Bartell went to the police, they told her that because the nurse never actually administered the drug, there was nothing police could do.

Just two weeks later,  Adebayo had landed job taking care of another child.

Owner of Harry's Nursing told PIX11's Narmeen Choudhury that he has "no control over his nurses" and that "he can't discipline them." He also said that Adebayo never did anything wrong, so he had no reason to hold her from future jobs.


Naomi Mondesire died after being submerged in scalding hot water, according to police.

Police say 23-month-old Naomi Mondesire was in the care of Adebayo at a home on Memphis Avenue in Queens at the end of April when the child was rushed to Nassau County Medical Center with severe burns.

The baby later died a few days later on April 30 of second and third degree burns to her legs and left arm. While Adebayo said she checked the water with her hands first, investigators say the baby's injuries were consistent with someone submerging her in a scalding hot 130 degree bath for 30 seconds.

Adebayo, of Queens, was then arrested while trying to flee the country for her native Nigeria.

She has been charged with murder and is due in court May 15.


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