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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