‘Thank You BrickHouse Security for Saving My Baby’s Life!’

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UPDATE 11/20: Whitney will appear on ABC’s 20/20 Friday, November 21 at 10 p.m. EST. For more details click here.

We were thrilled to find the headline above posted on our Facebook wall by Arkansas mom Whitney Matney. It’s stories like Whitney’s that remind us why we got into the security business in the first place.

The young law student used a BrickHouse nanny cam to catch an allegedly abusive babysitter in the act and bring her to justice.

Whitney and her family recently appeared on the Ricki Lake Show to share their story.

The program, entitled Nanny Confidential, also featured BrickHouse’s CEO Todd Morris, who demonstrated how easy it is to use a nanny cam to ensure your child’s safety while you’re away from home.

In October, Whitney hired a nanny to care for her one-year-old daughter, Raylee. When Raylee’s behavior changed markedly after a few weeks in her new nanny’s care, Whitney became very concerned – as any responsible mother would. She did a Google search for “Nanny Cams” and landed on BrickHouse’s website, where she purchased the Mini Alarm Clock Hidden Camera, one of our most popular nanny cams.

The first night she set up the camera, her suspicions were confirmed. The video showed clear evidence of potential abuse.

Whitney immediately called the police and her sitter, Melissa Renee Medema, was arrested that evening.

Medema was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor in the 1st degree and is awaiting trial. A trial date is tentatively scheduled to be set this week. If convicted, Medema could be sentenced to up to six years in prison, fined up to $10,000 or both.

We’re following this story closely and will update it as more details become available.

Whitney is currently working to create a public child abuse registry. Please click here to join us in supporting this courageous young mother and her family.

See highlights from The Ricki Lake Show below


About the author  ⁄ Marc Horowitz

Marc is the Creative Director at BrickHouse Security and the Editor of the BrickHouse blog. He’s a former Editor-in-Chief at Hachette Filipacchi Media and has written about technology and general interest topics for a number of major national print and online publications, including The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, The Economist, The Village Voice and many others. A native New Yorker, Marc lives in NYC’s West Village. His passions include travel, skiing, food, books, film, live music, comedy and irony.

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