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Originally published August 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM | Page modified August 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

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10-year-old allegedly helps mother burglarize Lynnwood home

Police say a 33-year-old woman who was caught breaking into a Lynnwood home on Tuesday had enlisted the aid of a much younger person: her 10-year-old son.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A mother of four enlisted the aid of her 10-year-old son to help her break into a Lynnwood home where they stole several items and $2, police said.

The 33-year-old woman told her son to climb into the window of a home in the 20800 block of 59th Place West on Tuesday and let her into the house, according to an affidavit of probable cause that outlines the police case.

A stolen computer, some identification and a $2 bill, which was taken from a child's room, were found either in the woman's purse or in a backpack the pair allegedly left outside the home, the affidavit said.

Police said the woman has three other children between the ages of 7 and 11, and the family was staying at a Highway 99 motel in Lynnwood.

All four children, including the 10-year-old boy, are now staying with another relative, according to state Child Protective Services.

Police also wrote in the affidavit that they found in the woman's purse two plastic bags that contained a "white rock like substance" and a plastic tube with residue.

The woman was booked into Snohomish County Jail on two existing warrants for theft and on investigation of attempted burglary and drug possession. She has not been charged in connection with the burglary, Snohomish County prosecutors said.

According to the affidavit, a woman called police around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after seeing a stranger sitting in a rockery outside a neighbor's home and a boy peering in an open window.

The neighbor yelled that she was calling the police, and the woman and boy walked away, "moving quickly," the affidavit said.

Once police arrived, they found a black and silver backpack on the ground near a window where the screen had been removed. A few blocks away police spotted the mother and son walking, the affidavit said.

Police said the woman initially claimed that she and her son were at the house to retrieve a lost ball, the affidavit said.

But the boy told police he had climbed in a window and let his mother in the door, according to court documents.

He said that he and his mother had taken the backpack from inside the home and also had taken a $2 bill from a child's room, the documents allege.

When confronted with the $2 bill in her purse, the woman lowered her head, started to cry and said she was a "horrible person," the affidavit said.

Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.

Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or cclarridge@seattletimes.com

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