Accepting employment as a nanny is a big deal. It means absorbing full responsibility for the safety and well-being of a family’s children — not something to be taken lightly.
Jonathan Lai, a homeowner in Irvine, California, placed his trust in Jenna Lee Baker when he and his wife hired her as a nanny for his 3-year-old son. On July 31, Lai found out the true character of the young woman he’d hired.
Baker and the toddler had been out running errands when they returned to the Orange County home. The moment Baker stepped foot in the house, her instincts told her something was very, very wrong.
“Something wasn’t right,” Baker later told Inside Edition. Baker’s protective intuition took over as she called for the boy to come to her so they could quickly flee.
Baker was horrified to see a burglar inside the home, running down the staircase right towards her. “It was sheer panic,” she expressed.
Security footage captured the entire event, including Baker’s immediate response to the situation. After the burglar initially broke in, the video showed him creeping around the home, dumping purses and snooping in the bedrooms.
Baker wasted no time seizing the boy in her arms and racing outside. She ran to a neighbor’s house for safety while the burglar fled the scene, running in the opposite direction.
Lai admits the ordeal has been very unsettling. “[He] tore down my whole sense of security that I had in my own home,” Lai explained.
“[I feel] very, very violated,” Lai continued. However, he cannot praise Baker highly enough for keeping his beloved son safe.
“What she did for my son and what she does daily — it’s unbelievable,” a thankful Lai stated. “I’m so grateful that she’s in our lives.”
Baker says she loves the little boy in her care, and keeping him safe was not heroic, but rather, the natural thing to do. She takes her role very seriously, and her actions ring loudly of love.