Published On: Fri, Jun 27th, 2014

Dianne Stretton, California nanny gets fired, refuses to leave and wants to sue family

A California family is making headlines for firing their nanny. Nothing weird so far, it’s just that the woman refuses to leave and is even threatening to sue the couple.

Dianne Stretton California nanny won't leave houseDianne Stretton, 64, was hired by Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte as a live-in nanny to help with the couple’s three children. Stretton was to nanny for the family and help around the house in exchange for room and board, the June 27 Yahoo article notes of her work agreement.


Marcella Bracamonte claims that Stretton refuses to leave and has threatened to sue the family for wrongful firing and elder abuse.

“We’ve done it before and have never had a problem,” Marcella Bracamonte told ABC News. “I was a stay-at-home mom and thought it would be good to have someone around to help out. The first few weeks she was awesome,” Bracamonte said. “She would come places with us, help out the kids. She was really great.”

The Upland, California family hired the woman in March and the first few weeks were fine and then Stretton stop working.



“All of a sudden she stopped working, she would stay in her room all day and only come out when food was ready,” said Bracamonte.

The nanny claims she has “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” could no longer perform that tasks due to her illness. After weeks of battling over the issue, she claimed she would leave in a month but refused to sign a “last chance letter” reiterating the conditions of her job.

“When I asked her why she wouldn’t sign the letter she said ‘It’s not legal,’ and slammed the door in my face,” Bracamonte recalled. “Once she said the word legal, I knew it wasn’t going to be fun.”

Bracamonte called the police, but the cops declined to do anything, saying it was a civil matter. Lt. John Moore of the Upland Police Department confirmed to ABC News that there is no immediate action that can be taken against Stretton, saying “generally, once somebody has established residency, you have to go through a formal eviction process.”

Bracamonte soon realized that this was not Stretton’s first time with legal matters. Stretton reportedly has been involved in 36 lawsuits, landing herself on California’s Vexatious Litigant Lists for repeatedly abusing the legal system.

“Anyone who looks at her crooked, she sues,” said Bracamonte.

Stretton is still living in the family’s home, eating the family’s food and Bracamonte said Stretton told her she wanted the family out of the house from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“I’m not going to bend for her,” said Bracamonte. “I’m in charge, this is my house. She’s not going to scare me out of my own house.”

That said, the mother fears for her three children staying in the house with Stretton, saying “I worry there’s obviously something not right in her mind, and the police won’t protect us until someone gets hurt…You don’t know what you’re opening yourself up to when you open your house to someone.”

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  1. p gray says:

    Just went through this with a renter from craigslist, took 40 days to get him out. Safety of the children is the main thing. Glad her picture is everywhere so she can’t victomize anyone else.

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