A Detroit-area babysitter has been arrested after police said the 26-year-old crashed a car taken without permission from a home where she was supposed to be caring for a 16-month-old boy.
The baby's mother came home from work around 1 a.m. Saturday to find herself locked out of her Rochester Hills home on Meadow Bridge Drive and the car missing. The mother said she hadn't given the babysitter permission to use the car and had actually hidden the keys.
When the mother called the baby sitter's cellphone, it was answered by a Farmington Hills police officer who told her the sitter had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a crash. The mother also found out that her son wasn't with the baby sitter.
Sheriff's deputies then forced their way into home and found the boy unharmed in a baby swing.
The mother said she had left her son with the babysitter at about 2 p.m. the previous day. Deputies said it wasn't immediately clear when the babysitter had left the home.
The baby sitter, Natalie Jeanette Krisfalusi of Sterling Heights, has been charged with unlawfully driving away an automobile and fourth-degree child abuse.
She's being held in the Oakland County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
The mother told deputies Krisfalusi cares for the boy four or fives times a week.