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Never Trust a Babysitter Without a Background Check

Renesha Griner may be only 17, but she is known to be responsible and trustworthy. She has been babysitting nine-month-old Saniya Purcell almost since birth, and the two really loved each other. Saniya's mother has known Renesha and her family well - they were all from the small town of Raeford, North Carolina - and trusted her completely. She'd thought the teenager acted far too grown up for her age and spent all her free time babysitting. When Renesha asked the baby's mother if she could take Saniya home with her for two weeks, the mother told her she didn't feel the girl could handle that much responsibility.

Saniya's mom never dreamed that just days later, over the Memorial Day weekend, Griner would leave town with her little daughter. She'd last seen them together on May 22nd, 2009, when the babysitter picked up the little girl from her house, to babysit at her own home nearby. Instead, she and Saniya got on a Greyhound bus to Columbus, Georgia and no one has seen them since. On May 24th, Saniya's mother reported her missing to the police. She did receive a phone call from Griner, but it came from a blocked number, and she hung up refusing to tell the woman where her daughter is. Police are frantically searching for the little girl, hoping for the best outcome.

The above account is based on a true story. Background checks protect peaceful citizens from being deceived and/or harmed by a cunning criminal.

An Upstanding Citizen

Skip Brinkley was a wholesome young man. With sandy blond hair, green eyes, and a goatee, Skip was quite handsome. He had earned the respect of most people who knew him. Skip Brinkley was a U.S. Army veteran; he served in the Infantry in Iraq from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, he had undergone law enforcement training in North Carolina and served as a police officer from 2001 to 2002. Many local girls would have liked to snag Skip Brinkley for themselves, but he was a family man living with his fiancé and two kids.

On the night of September 19, 2008, police responded to an emergency hang-up call coming from Lenoir, NC. The 24-year-old Deputy Adam William Klutz was the first to arrive. As the officer was getting out of his patrol car, he was shot in the head and instantly killed.

Brinkley's fiancee and her two children were in the house at the time of the shooting, but they were not harmed. She explained that she called the police because of an earlier domestic disturbance. Apparently, Brinkley presented quite a different persona behind closed doors. Now he was gone.

Police forces from local, state and federal agencies combined their efforts in search of the killer. For three days, hundreds of officers fruitlessly raked through the surrounding areas around the clock. Then, on September 24, they found Brinkley's dead body on his 37-acre property, about a half mile from his home. He had turned the gun on himself.

The above account is based on a true story. Background checks protect peaceful citizens from being deceived and/or harmed by a cunning criminal.