The girl, who has not been identified because of her age, was babysitting two young kids Wednesday afternoon in Bellingham when she said two armed men forced their way into the home.
She told police the men ordered her to leave with the children. She brought them to a neighbor’s house and called 911.
Speaking with police, the babysitter said the robbers were tall black men in their 20s or 30s.
Numerous deputies and a special response team swarmed into the neighborhood to secure the home and find the robbers. A Customs and Border Protection helicopter was also deployed to help search for the robbers.
The babysitter stuck to her original story for a while, but later cracked under questioning and admitted to lying. She told detectives no one barged into the home and that she was involved in the plan to steal valuables from the house.
She said she made up a list of items she wanted and gave it to her two accomplices, who then burglarized the house. Detectives soon identified the two suspected accomplices, one of whom was the babysitter’s boyfriend, 18-year-old Reuben Benjamin, according to deputies. The second was a 16-year-old boy, who deputies have not identified.
The neighbor of Abby’s was falsely accused when the babysitter made up a story about the burglars being black.
Abby, 4, told police that the men where white, not black as the babysitter claimed.