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Susan Porfido / Courtesy Ocean County Department of Corrections

TOMS RIVER, N.J. - A nanny-for-hire has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, driving while intoxicated and other offenses after her car struck a fire hydrant, according to police.

A mother hired Susan Porfido, 50, of Berkeley through www.care.com, an online service, according to Toms River police.

At 10 a.m. Friday, the mother left her child and Porfido in her home. The mother returned at 1:45 p.m. to find Porfido passed out drunk on the floor, according to police. Her son was crying and had a soiled diaper.

Porfido woke up and fled out the front door, stumbling and mumbling unintelligibly, according to police. Officer David Lazaro responded to the report of an intoxicated babysitter at the home.

Within minutes, traffic Officer Kenneth Thomas responded to a motor vehicle crash in which a 2009 Honda Accord had struck a fire hydrant and dislodged it from the ground, according to police. Porfido was the driver of the car, which had moderate front-end damage, according to police. The investigation led to her arrest and the discovery of three empty bottles of alcohol in the car.

Porfido's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, according to police. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, DWI, possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle and numerous other motor vehicle offenses. She is being held in the Ocean County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.



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