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Nightmare Nanny Speaks Out; Mia Farrow and UNICEF; Hurricane on East Coast; World Cup Soccer; Who Killed the McStay Family?; Mattel Creates Hairless Barbie

Aired July 1, 2014 - 08:30   ET



The so-called nightmare nanny is finally telling her side of the story. Diane Stretton refused to leave the home of her former employer, even though they fired her months ago. Now Stretton is finally speaking out saying that they are the nightmare, not her. Miguel Marquez is here.

Please, explain that logic

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, who is the nightmare here? Look, this all started with an L.A. couple, outside of L.A., looking for a nanny on Craigslist. It has turned into a standoff in their own home.


MARQUEZ (voice-over): The so-called nightmare nanny striking back, speaking out for the first time.

DIANE STRETTON, NANNY (voice-over): Well, first of all, I wasn't fired unless you can be fired after you quit.

MARQUEZ: Diane Stretton insists she is not a con artist squatter but a victim who was mistreated by the Bracamonte family.

STRETTON: They were the ones that were trying to exploit me as if I was some poor migrant worker or some -- from a foreign country.

MARQUEZ: In an interview with L.A.'s KNX Radio, she says she wasn't fired, she quit after being exploited and overworked, forced to work 90 days straight without any time off.

STRETTON: When I was working there, I didn't get lunch breaks. I didn't get coffee breaks. I didn't get any holidays or -- basically I was working 24/7.

MARQUEZ: Stretton's story is exactly the opposite of what we've been hearing from the Bracamontes.

MARCELLA BRACAMONTE: She wouldn't do anything. She stayed in her room 90 percent of the day. MARQUEZ: They main they fired the 64-year-old after she started

neglecting her work, saying she refused to leave and threatened to sue. And according to California law, the family couldn't force her out without an eviction notice, which could take anywhere from 30 to 45 days.

BRACAMONTE: I feel so helpless in this situation.

MARQUEZ: Stretton is now living out of her car but her belongings remain in Bracamonte's house. CNN has found dozens of lawsuits filed by Stretton over the years, actions that have resulted in her being placed on California's vexation litigation list for abusing the legal system. Despite her history, Stretton maintains she's not at fault.

STRETTON: I bought a substantial amount of my own food. And the food that I did get was terrible. I didn't have access to the laundry room hardly ever. I didn't have access to the bathroom hardly ever. The air conditioning wasn't on. I think they're the con artists.


MARQUEZ: Now, all of this may be coming to a close relatively soon. She says - Stretton says that she will be out of there by the 4th, Independent Day. The Bracamontes, who want to go away this weekend, are a little worried about leaving however because they fear that she may lock herself inside their house, change the locks and then they lose access to their own house.

BOLDUAN: I would give up this holiday vacation in order to get your home back probably.


BOLDUAN: Thanks, Miguel. Wow.

Let's get back down to Brazil where Chris is.

Hey there, Chris.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: All right, how you doing?

The World Cup is not the only thing that's impacting the world, of course. We want to draw your attention to the Central African Republic. There has been horrible civil war there and there's someone there -- a lot of people actually -- but one in particular trying to impact their world. Actress Mia Farrow. She's making her fourth trip with UNICEF to try to keep kids there out of the crossfire. Here's the story.


CUOMO (voice-over): Looking at these kids, it's hard not to smile.

MIA FARROW, UNICEF GOODWILL AMBASSADOR: You can't look at children's faces and continue to feel hopeless. What you see in every shining face is all the potential of the human spirit. CUOMO: Actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow knows many of

these children have seen or experienced unthinkable violence in the Central African Republic, where Christian and Muslim militias have been battling for control since last year.

FARROW: It has been said that the seeds or ingredients are present for a massive genocide where one side completely slaughters another. The people are fleeing. Some have fled deep into the bush.

CUOMO: Around 300,000 children are thought to have been displaced, and most schools are closed according to UNICEF.

FARROW: They have dreams, strong dreams. If only they had opportunity, safety, nutrition, clean water, and education, there would be no stopping these kids.

CUOMO: To give those kids a fighting chance, Farrow hopes to bring awareness to the situation in their homeland.

FARROW: I don't like the term "give people a voice," because people have voices, but sometimes they need amplification.


CUOMO: So it's actress Mia Farrow trying to impact her world. Wanted to bring that to your attention and now bring it back to here, Brazil.

Over our shoulder, this is the site of the big U.S./Belgium match. One team wins, one team goes home. You know which one will be which. And you know who else does? The president of U.S. soccer. We met up with him at this fantastic fan extravaganza last night and we talked to him about what the game, what it means here, but more importantly, what it means at home, because let's be honest, whether you love soccer or not, this is one more reason to love the U.S. of A and we want to talk about soccer's rise and impact on the culture. So stay with us.


CROWD (singing): We love you, we love you, we love you. And everywhere we'll follow, we'll follow, we'll follow. We support the U.S., the U.S., the U.S. And that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it. Oh, oh, oh!



BOLDUAN: Welcome back.

Breaking this morning, a storm that's developing off the East Coast, now predicted to likely become a category one hurricane by Friday. That is coming from the National Hurricane Center. Bad timing, of course, with the July 4th holiday approaching at the very same time. Let's get back over to meteorologists Indra Petersons.

Indra, what's the very latest. INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: This is the concern. We are talking about a system that continues to strengthen. Right now a very strong tropical depression. You can see those steady winds at 35 miles per hour. Thirty-nine miles per hour, that's what would make it a tropical storm. That's exactly what's expected to happen later this afternoon.

But notice, all of the weather models pretty much have a consensus here. It's going to be bringing this right along the coastline, really affecting everyone all the way even in through New England as we head towards the Fourth of July. And the models say this guy is expected to strengthen as it does so. Notice by the afternoon, expected to be a tropical storm.

Today, hanging off the coast of Florida. Still, by tomorrow, affecting Florida, then in through the Carolinas, your biggest impact will be ahead of the Fourth of July. But then quickly it strengthens into a likely minimal category one hurricane right off the coast of D.C. Still, hanging on to the coast line but exiting off shore. Really exiting by Saturday. So that is the one piece of good news. It will catch up with a jet stream and quickly exit out of here.

But let's take a look at it. The biggest impacts will be around Florida, in through tomorrow. Then if your plan is heading out early for the Fourth of July into the Carolinas, that's going to be a trouble spot for you on that day. And then it gets tricky. Remember, that's where it strengthens again in through Friday morning into a hurricane. Well, notice, there are two systems here. You have this huge cold front with severe weather coming in at the exact same time. So the combination of the two will really bring trouble into the big metropolitan cities and making its way even in through New England. So that's going to be the concern. Two systems, both including severe weather coming directly at the northeast.


BOLDUAN: Oh, Indra, thank you very much for that. A big day to be watching the weather, especially - well, and really throughout the week -- throughout the week we'll be watching the weather with you.

Let's get back down to Brazil now where Chris is holding down the fort.

Chris, just a quick question. Do you believe?

CUOMO: Oh, I believe. I believe deep, deep down and so should you as an American. That's why I'm here in Brazil, Bahia, carved out of the coastline of the country. This is where the big game is going to happen. It matters here because today is the day that the U.S. advances one step closer to its destiny in the World Cup.

And it is also a big deal because of what's going on back home. We have caught soccer fever. And I believe it extends past the World Cup. That this is about a culture shift that's going on. Our kids are soccer players now. I think it matters more. And you know who agrees? Mr. President of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

We got to talk to him last night in this big fan fest that was going on. And listen to what he has to say about what soccer means here and what it means back home.


CUOMO: So, Mr. President, this has to be a day that you've dreamed about for a long time, this level of support, not just at the cup, but back at home as well?

SUNIL GULATI, PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION: Absolutely. But the real day we dream about is in about 10 days from now, right, or maybe two weeks. So its -- we've come a long way. Tomorrow is a very big day. And if we can get through that, then we'll have gone as far as we've gone in 50 years and that would be fantastic.

CUOMO: What's more impressive to you, the progress on the field or off it in terms of the cultural dynamic of the U.S. embracing this second football?

GULATI: It's both because they're related. I don't think we'd have the same embracing of the sport that we've had over the last few weeks if the U.S. team hadn't done well. And I think the team feeds off of that, what they see here with thousands of people in the stands, one of the most well supported teams, and they know what's going on at home. So I think those two are absolutely related to each other.

CUOMO: And what do you see as the future of soccer in the U.S.?

GULATI: It will be a mainstream sport as it is today. A league with 20 plus teams. It's one of the best in the world. A national team that's capable of competing against the best in the world and we're a long way towards achieving that. Recognition is part of our fabric, part of the American fabric and I think we've come a long way to getting there.

CUOMO: And now we're talking about Belgium specifically tomorrow. They've got a lot of hype, but they haven't been tested. The U.S. is in the opposite situation. They were supposed to be dead a long time ago and they keep overcoming. What do you think it means?

GULATI: Listen, we'll find out both teams now know it's knockout. It's a 50/50 situation. We're in a situation where we're underdogs in everyone's eyes and I think we like that feeling.

CUOMO: And I think that there's something about this team that embodies an American spirit. They just keep fighting these guys no matter what people say. I think that's something that's reflective of the country overall. Do you, Mr. President?

GULATI: Absolutely. The late goal to win it against Ghana and then a disappointment against Portugal, yet we hung in there. There were a few tense moments against Germany where our results (ph) could have turned around, but our guys hung in there. And it's a group we weren't supposed to get through. Everyone said we weren't going to do it. And we're here, we're ready and hopefully get to the quarterfinals.

CUOMO: Prediction for the game tomorrow, Mr. President?

GULATI: We'll be playing Brasilia come Saturday, July 5th. We'll be in Brasilia. That's the prediction.


CUOMO: Did you hear what the president, Sunil Gulati, just said? He doesn't believe today is the day of destiny, my friend.


CUOMO: He says July 13th in Brasilia, that's the World Cup final. He believes. Do you believe, that is the question I am asking you specifically, Michaela Pereira, because you've been a little on the fence when it comes to the U.S. of A. Time to show off as an American.

PEREIRA: It's not about not believing in the USA. It's more concern over the Belgians.

CUOMO: Weird time to be objective. Weird timing. Weird timing.

PEREIRA: No. You're not listening. Concern about the Belgians, my friend. Take the ear wax out of those big ears of yours.


CUOMO: Weird time.

BOLDUAN: We've got it. I'll work on her.

CUOMO: No can (ph).

BOLDUAN: I'll work on her. You work on her from there. I'll work on her from here.

PEREIRA: Can-nadians.

BOLDUAN: We've got time. 4:00 Eastern. We've got it.

PEREIRA: You are kind of diplomatic, I'm impressed. Nice work.

BOLDUAN: I am - well, how can I not be between you two? My goodness.

PEREIRA: I know.

BOLDUAN: All right, coming up next on NEW DAY, a story that we've been following. You'll remember this story. It's been going on for years. The McStay family mystery. A couple, their two young sons missing for years. They finally were found buried in a California desert. So can a new investigation finally figure it out who - figure out who killed them and why?

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) PEREIRA: A real mystery here to talk about. It's been more than four years since the McStay family went missing. Nearly eight months have passed now since their remains were found in the Mojave Desert in California. Many, many questions about this.

Who would want to kill Joseph McStay and his wife Summer, and their two little boys, Gianni 4, Joseph Jr. nearly 3? How did their bodies end up in two shallow graves some 100 miles north of their home? The answers might very well come from a brand new detective who has been brought on to investigate.

Our Randi Kaye has a special on this airing tonight and is here with more on this latest turn.

It has been such a mystery. This plagued many people that know the family and the state of California for a long time.

RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes. Certainly a disturbing case, Michaela, but investigators, they certainly haven't named any suspects yet, no persons of interest yet but you mentioned this new detective. He is really staying on this case. He's determined to solve it. He is pouring over thousands of pages of documents. He's gone out to the Mojave Desert where the remains of this family was found. We're not sure who was with whom in which grave. They're not really telling us much about that.

But he is really trying to get the bottom of it. The problem is, though, is that there are still so many cracks in this case and so many missed opportunities.


KAYE (voice-over): It was lunch time at this Chick-fil-A in Southern California. The last known place Joseph McStay was seen alive.

CHASE MERRITT, FRIEND: We got together, we had a lot to talk about.

KAYE: Chase Merritt has never talked on camera before about that day. He met with Joseph on February 4th, 2010, to talk business, and business was booming.

MERRITT: We had 500 waterfalls coming up. That would be the biggest project we'd ever done.

KAYE (on camera): So he sounded like he was planning for the future?

MERRITT: He was definitely planning for the future.

KAYE (voice-over): After lunch, they spoke on the phone a handful more times. So when Merritt's phone rang at 8:28 p.m., and he saw it was Joseph calling, he didn't answer.

MERRITT: I was tired.

KAYE (on camera): Do you regret not picking up that call?

MERRITT: Hindsight's 20/20.

KAYE (voice-over): It was the last known call from Joseph's cell phone. The call was made 41 minutes after a neighbor security camera captured the McStays' white Isuzu pulling out of the McStay's cul-de- sac.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did Joseph actually make that call from his phone or did somebody else take Joseph's phone and make that call? Or was he trying to call for help?

KAYE: That missed call is now a missed opportunity, the first of many missed opportunities.


KAYE: That phone call that night to his friend Chase Merritt was the last time there was any communication from Joseph McStay or his family and to this day it is unclear if that was really even Joseph calling, hoping someone would be able to decipher where he was. Perhaps it was the people who took them, calling one of the last numbers dialed on his phone.

We may never know -- Michaela.

PEREIRA: My goodness. What a terrible story. The remains of the family were found years later. This is just part of the investigation that you're going to hear more about and the story.

Tonight be sure to watch the CNN Special Report "BURIED SECRETS: WHO MURDERED THE MCSTAY FAMILY?" 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific only on CNN.

Randi, thank you so much for this.

KAYE: Thank you.


BOLDUAN: All right. Coming up next, what a difference a doll makes. A simple but also very big way one company is reaching out to children battling cancer. That's next on "The Good Stuff."


PEREIRA: Feel like a little good stuff, ladies?


PEREIRA: All right. Here we go. Toy maker Mattel did quite an awesome thing a couple of years ago. They created a very special Barbie named Ella. What makes her extra special is that she has no hair and she wears wigs. Ella is being handed out to hospitals that are treating little ones with cancer.

The Ella Barbie Doll in fact is helping girls like this one, 4-year- old Grace Bumstead. She suffers from a rare form of leukemia. It requires aggressive chemo. Mom Melissa says the doll Ella is helping her little girl cope with the loss of her hair.


MELISSA BUMSTEAD, DAUGHTER SUFFERS FROM LEUKEMIA: When they first met she's like OK, I get what's going on but give us the chance to say here is a beautiful, smiling doll, it doesn't have hair.


PEREIRA: It gets better. Grace's mom heard that the Los Angeles Children's Hospital was just down to six dolls so she decided to go online and start a petition calling on Mattel, the makers of Barbie, to make more. Well, Mattel heard their call and is getting Ella dolls into hospitals nationwide. Mom says the difficult road feels worth it if more girls can say this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you think Ella is pretty?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Even without hair?

G. BUMSTEAD: Yes. Yes.


BOLDUAN: Yes. You silly.


PEREIRA: What a crazy question?

PETERSONS: A round of applause for that. That is amazing. Absolutely.

BOLDUAN: It's wonderful.

PEREIRA: You know, Barbie has been criticized --

BOLDUAN: And easy.

PEREIRA: -- for many things but I love seeing this.


PEREIRA: Barbie is helping this little one see herself in a new way.

BOLDUAN: Helping in coping. Parents explain -- help explain the situation, which is such a scary situation.

PEREIRA: Yes. Exactly.

BOLDUAN: Some good stuff from here. Let's go down to the good stuff down in Brazil which would be our Chris Cuomo. I have a hard time saying that. He is the good stuff.

CUOMO: I'm hoping that good stuff has you all focused on where your heads and hearts should be as we go forward. I won't name names, although I did just hear someone criticize Barbie. I mean, is there anything left that we can hold sacred in our society?

Hopefully what's going to happen here today will take the place of what really matters for us as we think about things that are bringing us together. In this stadium, Belgium/U.S. later this afternoon. It's huge because the U.S. has caught soccer fever. The winner advances, this would be big for us here. The fans have come in record numbers for the United States. They're really bringing the red, white and blue.

We will be here to watch the game and tell you everything that happens and take you inside of it, because remember it's not just about the game or even if you love soccer. It's about what it means for the U.S. of A to actually come together around something positive. That's why I'm so pumped. All about being an American, so we'll see you with the details of the game tomorrow morning and if they win, we'll probably be on all night.

Just end on this. Three seconds of silence, just to focus the head and the heart. For those who aren't there yet, three seconds.

BOLDUAN: We're focused.

CUOMO: Keep it here. Keep it here.

BOLDUAN: I'm feeling it. I'm feel it.


PEREIRA: I spent the last three seconds laughing at you.


BOLDUAN: Your excitement is absolutely --

CUOMO: Don't laugh at America, though.

BOLDUAN: No laughing, it's not a laughing matter. There's no fun. This is all about the focus, we're with you. We're with you. We're all together and we love the jersey.

A lot of news happening, including lots of World Cup and lots of weather actually, Indra is going to be very busy. So let's take you over to "NEWSROOM" with Carol Costello.

Hey, Carol.

PEREIRA: Good morning.