The Orphan-Maker, whose real name appears to be Peter, was rescued by the cyborg known as Nanny from captivity by Mister Sinister. Sinister had apparently been planning to exploit Peter's abilities for his own ends, but instead decided that he couldn't control him and decided to kill him. Peter has commented that Nanny found a way to keep him from growing into what he would have become, but it is not clear what he meant by this comment.
Nanny believed it was up to her to protect mutant children from the dangers of the world around them. She made Peter her accomplice in this task, outfitting him with an armored battlesuit and weaponry. Their modus operandi was to abduct mutant children and battle anyone who got in their way, including killing the children's parents. For this reason, Peter became known as the Orphan-Maker.