Cops: 4-Year-Old Foils Babysitter's Plot
17-year-old makes up story about home invasion, say police
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2014 3:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – The first sign that your devious robbery plot has a few holes is that it can't pass muster with a 4-year-old. Such was the case in Washington state, where a 17-year-old babysitter is accused of concocting a story about two armed black men breaking into a residence to cover for the actual thieves—her boyfriend and another teen, say police. The sitter told police that the intruders ordered her and the three children she was watching, ages 1 to 4, to leave as they ransacked the house. She even told police that the African-American neighbor next door fit the description, and he ended up with a sniper's gun trained on him, then in handcuffs and under suspicion for a few hours, reports the Bellingham Herald.

That's when 4-year-old Abby Dean saved the day, reports WITI. She told police that the real thieves were white, not black, and from there the babysitter's story unraveled and led to a confession. "She's not a good babysitter," Abby observes. Two male suspects were arrested driving away from a nearby motel, and some $1,500 in stolen merchandise—including Abby's piggy bank—was recovered. The unidentified babysitter allegedly gave the male suspects a list of what she wanted to be taken; she was also arrested on June 18.

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Jun 25, 2014 7:26 AM CDT
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Jun 24, 2014 10:25 PM CDT
WTF is going on in this world? Everyone from 12 to 30 thinks getting over on people, stealing, and lying are careers. Not to mention they kill people because they were "bored" or the 17-year old who killed BOTH his parents because they took away his iPod. WTF!