It may be one of the most fundamental fears a parent can have.
Can I trust another person with my child?
Can I trust another to look after my child as well as I can?
And if you do hand over that trust – the idea of it being broken is one of the most impossibly difficult things to imagine.
The betrayal, the heartbreak, the utter utter hopelessness and devastation breaking that trust would bring.
It’s the thread underpinning the prosecution case in the death of Chloe Murphy.
A ten-month old baby who died of horrific head injuries in December 2010.
The ultimate betrayal by the one entrusted to care for baby Chloe by her parents is how Crown Prosecutor Bruce Walmsley, SC opened the case yesterday in the Supreme Court.
Chloe Murphy was being cared for by her babysitter, Ketapat Jenkins, when she was rushed to hospital with head injuries.
She died two days later.
Ketapat Jenkins, a mother of two on trial for manslaughter in the Victorian Supreme Court. She has pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution told the court that Anthony and Phurithee Murphy did not often spend time away from their baby daughter.
It was rare that they went out, but on this particular occasion they decided to have some dinner and see a movie.
They had left their daughter with Ketapat before – after having met her through a web site for Thai-Australians. Ketapat worked as a baby sitter. In 2010 she told The Australian she was paid $5 an hour for her work.
Ketapat Jenkins was a mother-of-two and was obviously trusted by the couple.
Any new parent knows how difficult it is to leave a young baby.
The ABC report that the Prosecution told the court heard when the Murphy’s left Chloe she was happy and responsive.
“ In very good spirits’’.
“At no time during this period did Chloe cry or seem unhappy,’’ News Limited report that he said.
They had dinner, they saw a movie and returned to collect their baby girl at 11pm.
They didn’t hear from their babysitter while they were out, and they didn’t call her at all to check in.
What the Crown says they found was any parent’s worst nightmare.