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Remember the horror movie The Hand that Rocks the Cradle? Most mothers do. A real-life sequel played out in Massachusetts last week, when a mild-mannered British au pair was convicted of murdering Matthew Eappen, an eight-month-old left in her care. As it turns out, there was another woman in the docket: the Working Mother. A banner outside the courthouse read DON'T BLAME THE NANNY, BLAME THE MOTHER. And observers of the trial who wrote, called talk radio and clogged the Internet did indeed blame the mother, ophthalmologist Deborah Eappen. Eappen became the embodiment of yuppie scum, a single-minded careerist pursuing psychic...

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