FERNDALE, Wash. — A 4-year-old girl helped detectives nab a thieving babysitter, who staged a robbery at the little girl’s home then tried to blame the heist on a neighbor.
The girl, identified only as Abby, told deputies in Washington that her 17-year-old babysitter, the sitter’s boyfriend and another boy told her to “get out of the house ’cause they wanted to steal stuff.”
“The bad guys stole my kitty bank. They stole my iPod,” Abby told PIX11 sister station Q13 Fox News.
The babysitter allegedly told police that two armed black men broke into the family’s home in Ferndale, Wash., adding that one of them looked like a next-door neighbor.
But Abby knew better.
While detectives were questioning for hours a neighbor who fit the sitter’s description of the thieves, the little girl spoke up, saying the people who stole from her family “had white skin, not black.”
That’s when the babysitter’s story started to crumble and she eventually confessed to the scheme.
Neighbor Cody Oaks — handcuffed and questioned as a possible burglar — said he hopes the teens learned a lesson.
“It’s kind of sad because I don’t think she realizes the dangerous situation she put me in,” Oaks said.
As for Abby’s kitty bank and iPod, she was able to get those back “because of me being a superhero,” the little girl said.
The babysitter and her alleged accomplices were arrested and could face robbery, burglary and perjury charges.