Firefighters in Salem, Massachusetts, say they were called out to pry open an apartment door to rescue an infant from a dangerously wasted nanny.
According to the Salem News, Susan Conway-Lally was hired via the popular website Care.com to look after a 4-month-old baby. The parents reportedly checked her references and conducted a background check, and it appeared as if the 52-year-old grandmother would be a solid match for the working parents.
The first day went off reportedly without a hitch; the second day … not so much.
According to the report, unbeknownst to the mother, Conway-Lally arrived in the morning with a bad hangover. The nanny said she thought if she had a drink, it would help. Of course, one drink had allegedly led to another, to the point where Conway-Lally was “drooping forward” and had a “strong odor of alcohol on her breath,” per the police report.
Things went terribly wrong when the infant’s mother got back to the apartment to hear her baby screaming and a dog barking behind a door that was dead-bolted shut. The mother was pleading with the allegedly intoxicated nanny and trying to help her understand how to turn the deadbolt, but nothing was working. At this point, the baby’s mother had no other choice but to contact police.
It was then when the report says the mother pleaded and begged the officer to break in. He reportedly attempted to kick in the door, but it didn’t work. That’s when firefighters in Salem were called out to use a bar and ax to make their way inside.
The mother of the infant raced to her child and picked the baby up. The report says the infant was hungry and needed a fresh diaper, but other than that, appeared to be okay. Conway-Lally had been keeping track of feedings and diaper changes on a notepad. It appeared the last entry, according to the report, was at 12:20 p.m. – this was about three hours before the infant’s mother arrived home.
The Salem News says Conway-Lally’s alcohol level was .32 times the legal limit.
A reporter heard Conway-Lally say outside the courtroom on Thursday, “I have a very, very bad alcohol problem. I thought I had it under control. I don’t.” The Salem News notes that Conway-Lally went on to say she’s had a drinking problem since she was a teenager and a number of “setbacks,” including the death of her fiancé, triggered a relapse.
Conway-Lally is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 18.
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