Not many toddlers have had a “worst day” or have been called “superheroes” in their short lives, but Abby has. That’s because on Wednesday, two men broke into her Ferndale, Washington home and stole some of the family’s and toddler’s precious belongings, and Abby helped police solve that crime.
Abby was at home being looked after by her 17-year-old babysitter on a Wednesday afternoon back in 2014, when they suddenly became victims of a home intrusion and robbery.
“They told us to get out of the house cause they wanted to steal stuff,” Abby told Q13Fox.
Two men busted through the front door and ordered the toddler and her babysitter to get out of the house, and took a handful of possessions from the home, some of which were Abby’s favorites.
“The bad guys stole my kitty bank, and they stole my iPod.” She continued, “They also stole my Xbox and my Wii.”
Luckily for the 4-year-old, she was able to get those back with some good old-fashioned truth-telling and detective work.
The toddler’s teenage babysitter told investigators that the robbery had been conducted by two armed black men, and claimed that one of them looked a lot like the next door neighbor, Cody Oaks.
He was handcuffed and questioned for 5 to 6 hours.
It was only after Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office finally asked Abby what happened, did the 4-year-old reveal something that “changed everything.”
“It wasn’t the right skin color,” she said. Abby told investigators that the thieves weren’t black, but white–and that led them to further question the teenage sitter’s story, who ultimately confessed.
The teen admitted that she, along with her 16-year-old boyfriend and another young suspect, orchestrated the false robbery. They had even planned to frame the innocent man next door to cover their tracks.
Oaks had no hard feelings about the accusation though, and he hoped it would be a lesson for the teenage criminals.
“It’s kind of sad because I don’t think she realizes the dangerous situation she put me in,” Oaks said.
A man could have been robbed of his life and sent to jail for an indefinite amount of time for a crime he didn’t commit, but luckily, a witness was present, and it was this little girl—who knew right from wrong.
“I thinked [sic] about how that was really…her being bad—she is not a good babysitter.”
Abby’s mother said she is proud of her daughter for telling the truth, helping free an innocent man, and bring the wrongdoers to justice.
In the end, Abby was delighted to get her belongings returned to her. She said, “They got it back because of me being the superhero.”
The babysitter and two accomplices were arrested, Abby got her gadgets back, an innocent man went home to his family, and order was restored.