From my second-ever radio story:
“On the long list of possibilities that could go wrong with a nanny, excess library time is not usually at the top. So when two little boys in Los Angeles told their parents that they hated “the library,” week after week, month after month, it didn’t set off too many alarm bells.
As the seemingly perfect nanny’s scheme has unraveled during the past year, it became apparent that “library” was just a code word. According to Los Angeles’ city attorney, Roxanna Patricia Villamarin was taking her clients’ kids not to a world of books but to an unlicensed daycare provider in an apartment. She paid the stranger $10 a day. When Villamarin walks into court next week, she faces seven misdemeanor charges for what officials describe as a complex child-dumping scheme carried out over five years.”
Getting the hired nanny and the operator of the illegal child care center to talk to me felt like a major reporting feat at the time. Both took weeks of persistence.