updated 06/25/2014 AT 5:30 PM ET
•originally published 06/25/2014 AT 2:30 PM ET
“The bad guys stole my kitty bank, they stole my iPod,” says Abby, one lucky and capable four-year-old from Ferndale, Washington. That was part of “the worst day in my life,” the day she witnessed a home invasion that occurred while she was under the care of a 17-year-old babysitter.
But there’s a twist to the scary story: The robbery was faked, and Abby was the one who helped expose the scam.
Investigators say Abby’s babysitter and her 16-year-old boyfriend staged a fake home invasion with another male suspect, then made up a story about two armed black men breaking into the home. “They told us to get out of the house ‘cause they wanted to steal stuff,” Abby recalled.
The babysitter claimed one of the suspects resembled the next-door neighbor, Cody Oaks, who was subsequently handcuffed and questioned for several hours.
This was before Abby stepped in and told investigators the suspect had “peach-colored skin as opposed to having dark colored skin,” Sheriff Bill Elfo told ABC News. Investigators turned to the babysitter, who apparently “almost immediately” confessed.
And the missing items were recovered as well, thanks to Abby, who says the items were returned “because of me being the superhero.”
We agree, and suggest Abby be considered for the inevitable Adventures in Babysitting reboot.