TOMS RIVER, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — Police in New Jersey said a mother came home from work to find her child crying next to his babysitter who had apparently passed out drunk.
Susan Porfido-Gibson was responsible for keeping a 2-year-old boy safe for four hours while his mother was at work.
As CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported, Toms River police said that Gibson, 50, did anything but.
The toddler’s mother said she came home Friday afternoon to find her son crying and wearing a soiled diaper. His babysitter was allegedly passed out drunk next to him.
Detectives said that when the mother walked in, Gibson bolted. She allegedly drove through the residential community before slamming into a fire hydrant in Ruth Majewski’s front yard.
“I ran over to her and I thought at first she was just stunned and I asked her if she was okay and I got no response. She was just groaning a little,” Majewski said.
But according to Majewski, Gibson didn’t stop.
“I ran in the house and called 911, ran back out and she was across the street with the car just starting it and turning it off trying to put it in drive,” she said.
Gibson’s blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, according to investigators.
Gibson had been hired as a nanny from the website care.com. The page boasts more than 11-million users, and is designed to connect qualified sitters with families. A disclaimer on the website notes that care.com does not employ, recommend, or endorse any of the providers listed.
“We’ve used care.com before, we had two really bad experiences,” Kevin Hart said, “You have to take time to do the screening and make sure that person is who they say they are.”
The family who hired Gibson did not want to speak publicly, but told CBS 2’s Brown that they were traumatized by the incident. Their son is OK, but the lesson is not one that will be forgotten.
In a statement issued following the incident care.com said that they were disheartened by the news, but declined to comment further.
Gibson faces charges that include endangering the welfare of a child and DWI. She is being held on $50,000 bond.
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