The next day, he viewed the new tape and, to his horror, saw his daughter being violated. Dial-A-Maid could not be reached for comment. Also Thursday, a woman in Ohio was convicted, based on video captured by a hidden camera, of smothering the children she was baby-sitting to stop them from crying. Neighbors said Darrosa lived with her husband, Jorge, and was looking forward to becoming a mother herself. While emphasizing the importance of background checks, Maddalone and Wendy Sachs, co-president of the International Nanny Association, said parents shouldn't hesitate to install cameras if it makes them feel more comfortable. Those generally are only applied to businesses. While some states have no special laws regarding these either, it is illegal to record someone's voice without their permission in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington State. The merchant selling the camera will likely be familiar with your state's laws concerning this, so be sure to ask before you buy anything or consult with an employment lawyer first. But the sound on a video can easily be muted, so unless the incriminating portion of the video is speech itself, the video portion may be allowed into evidence although the courts have yet to rule specifically on this issue. It is currently legal in every state to make a video-only recording of anything happening at your home, at any time, without informing anyone. Hilda Madrigal, sales manager at Total Security in the Edison Park neighborhood, said she's never had a customer who planned on telling a nanny about a video camera. If the court finds that the cameras were for some illegal purpose such as voyeurism , or disclosing private information to the public, or using the video for any sort of commercial purpose , then they will certainly not be covered, and may be found liable to you. If you are working out of someone's home, you have little legal recourse to being videotaped without your knowledge. Can't find a category? Earlier this month, a Long Island nanny was charged after video allegedly showed her drugging an infant to keep the girl quiet. Police said the tape shows Darrosa teaching the child to touch her sexually and forcing the child to have oral contact with her. While many states have laws regulating the taping of someone in an area where they have an expectation of privacy, most agree that you cannot have such an expectation in a home that isn't yours.