WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash., June 24 (UPI) -- A 17-year-old in Washington has been arrested after the girl she was babysitting exposed the teenager's attempt to rob the family and frame a black neighbor.
4-year-old Abby Dean was being watched by her babysitter on June 18 when two men wielding weapons came into her home and proceeded to steal the child's electronics and bank.
"They told us to get out of the house 'cause they wanted to steal stuff," Abby told reporters.
"The bad guys stole by kitty bank. They stole my iPod. They also stole my Xbox and my Wii. Wednesday was the worst day in my life."
When police questioned her babysitter, she blamed the robbery on two unidentified black males and said one looked similar to African American neighbor Cody Oaks. In reality, the robbery was perpetrated by the babysitter's boyfriend and a friend, a fact that Abby brought to light, but only after Oaks was brought in for questioning.
"It wasn't the right skin color," Abby insisted. She then said she saw two white men in her house, forcing the babysitter to break down and confess.
Oaks lamented the babysitter's immature choice, noting the teen was likely ignorant of the frightening consequences her actions had on his life.
"To be honest? I was shaking, I was scared," Oaks told the Bellingham Herald. "I knew I was innocent, but they have to go through a whole process to make sure that everyone's safe."
"It's kinda sad 'cause I don't think she realizes the dangerous position she put me in."
As for Abby, the toddler is making the most of her moment as a media darling, proudly declaring "They got it back because of me being the superhero."