• Salem babysitter faces shoplifting charge


    SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Salem woman who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $40,000 worth of jewelry and other valuables from two North Shore families who had hired her as a baby sitter was caught shoplifting just hours later.

    Melissa Shaktman went before a judge Monday to face probation violation charges.

    She pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to stealing $34,000 worth of jewelry from a Manchester-by-the-Sea family and $8,000 worth of valuables from a Peabody family and sentenced to three years of probation.

    Prosecutors say she went from court to the mall where she was caught stealing from a store where she had applied to work.

    The Salem News (http://bit.ly/Sj6nXA ) reports a judge ordered her to undergo a mental health evaluation. Her lawyer said she has some "undiagnosed" issues.

    The new larceny charges are pending.


    Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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