Drunk Baby Sitter Found Passed Out on Porch Holding Barefoot Boy: Deputies

Authorities say the baby sitter said she was drunk because it was her birthday.

A drunk baby sitter was arrested in Florida after she was found passed out on a porch holding a barefoot, under-dressed 2-year-old boy, Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Candace Long, 28, had been asked by the boy's father to watch him while he ran errands. But she took the boy two blocks away from the home and was found passed out on a nearby porch holding the boy, who was dressed in wet shorts and a T-shirt, authorities said.

When authorities arrived they allegedly found Long very drunk. The resident of the home didn't know the boy or Long, and Long didn't know where she was or the boy's name, deputies said.

"When Long woke up, she was incoherent and muttering that she was drunk because it was her birthday," the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Deputies tracked down the boy's family and he was returned to them.

Long faces charges of child neglect, and she was being held on a $2,000 bond Wednesday. She was arrested on Tuesday.

It wasn't immediately known if Long has an attorney.

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