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September 10, 2013

Babysitter charged with child abuse, taking car

By Linda Shepard
C & G Staff Writer

Natalie Jeanette Krisfalusi

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 26-year-old Sterling Heights babysitter has been charged with child abuse after she allegedly left a 16-month-old child alone in the house and drove off with the family car.

According to a police report, at 1:28 a.m. Aug. 31, the child’s mother arrived at her home in the 300 block of Meadow Bridge, near Rochester and Avon roads, to find her house locked and her car gone. The woman was unable to enter her home because she had given the babysitter her only house key.

Police arrived to find the mother upset and crying. She told police she had called the babysitter’s cellphone. Farmington Hills police answered the phone and told the woman her babysitter had been arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The woman’s car had been involved in an accident, but the child was not in the car at the time.

Police forced open the door to the house on Meadow Bridge and found the child unharmed and unattended in a baby swing in a bedroom.

The child’s mother told police she had left the 16-month-old in the care of the babysitter since 2 p.m. Aug. 30. The mother had not given the babysitter permission to take the car, and the key to the car was hidden.

A friend of the mother’s observed the babysitter and the child together at a nearby store at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30, and it is unknown when the babysitter left the house and child unattended. The mother told police she normally leaves the child in the care of the babysitter four or five times a week.

Natalie Jeanette Krisfalusi, the babysitter, was arraigned without an attorney Sept. 1 before Magistrate Judith Holtz in 52nd District Court in Novi. Krisfalusi was charged with unlawfully driving away an automobile and child abuse. Holtz set bond at $25,000. At press time, Krisfalusi was in custody at the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Linda Shepard at lshepard@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1065.