The scene sounds pretty frightening: a 17-year-old babysitter is home alone watching two kids when two armed men burst into the house and tell her to get out or they'll hurt her. Once outside, the frightened teen manages to remain unseen while calling 9-1-1 for help. But unfortunately, the robbers get away just before police arrive.
That's the story a 17-year-old from Washington, Wisconsin, recently told police after the home she was in was robbed on June 18. The only problem? It wasn't exactly true.
While the house was in fact robbed that day, and thieves did manage to get away with an iPod, an Xbox and two Wii consoles, the suspects weren't exactly as she described them.
When police arrived, the babysitter tearfully retold her tale of two armed black men that forced their way into the home. She even pointed a finger at the family's African-American neighbor, Cody Oaks, who she said looked just like one of the men she spoke to.
Her act may have been pretty convincing. (After all, when you hear the 9-1-1 call between the babysitter and the dispatcher, she does seem legitimately frightened.) But she underestimated just how smart her little four-year-old charge, Abby Dean, is.
During the questioning, Abby piped up. "It wasn't the right skin color," she explained of her babysitter's description. Instead, she described the men as having "peach-colored skin."
Before long, the babysitter's story crumbled like a house of cards, and it was revealed that the whole robbery was a staged event planned by the babysitter and her boyfriend. (Plot twist!)
“That was really her being bad. She’s not a good babysitter,” Abby wisely said to reporters.
Naturally, the Dean's neighbor, Cody Oaks, was none-too-pleased about being made a suspect over the mere color of his skin. But at least the story didn't get too far before cops figured out the rouse.
One last spot of good news: The Deans were able to get back all of their stolen belongings.
And make no mistake, little Abby is well aware that her own actions are to thank for that. As she very humbly told WITI, "They got them back because of me being a superhero."