Babysitter hired by ‘trusted’ online service charged with sexually assaulting Michigan boy


MACOMB TOWNSHIP, MI – A Southfield man has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly assaulted a 5-year-old boy he was babysitting over the weekend. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said Mark Baum, 36, was arraigned on Monday.

Police were called to a home in Macomb Township around 8pm on Saturday after the parents were told by their son that the babysitter had touched him inappropriately. The alleged incident was witnessed by an older child who was also at the home according to police. Baum was arrested by the Southfield Police Department at the request of the MCSO and was taken to Macomb County Jail on Sunday.

According to police, Baum was hired to babysit the family through the online caregiver service. It’s unclear how long Baum has worked with the online provider or how many other families he has worked for. The sheriff’s office says Baum had previously worked for the family and his biography on the website says he has 10 years of experience.

The website states that every care provider is required to pass a background check. A banner on Care’s website reads “Find trusted caregivers for all your needs” while another section reads “We are committed to finding a caregiver you can trust”.

Baum was given $150,000 cash bond and will have to wear a restraint if released. He is due back in court on August 1 for a probable cause conference.


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