Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte say they hired Diane Stretton in
March to do chores and watch their children in return for room and
board in their home in Upland, near Los Angeles.
But they say she stopped working within weeks, said she had chronic
pulmonary disease, ignored repeated requests to leave, and made them
scared for their property and the safety of their children, aged 11,
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Marcella Bracamonte told ABC News's "Good Morning America" on Sunday
that Stretton telephoned the family's lawyer on Saturday night and
said she could be out of the house by July 4.
The family had earlier said the woman threatened to sue them for
wrongful termination and elder abuse. Police declined to intervene
in a civil matter, so the couple launched an eviction process, which
they feared could take months.
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Police say that once a person establishes residency they must be
"formally evicted" under California law, a process that could lead
to a court-ordered "forcible eviction" carried out by county
(Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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