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Baby Sitter Arrested in False Abduction Report

October 16, 1986

MAHOPAC, N.Y. (AP) _ An 18-year-old baby sitter praised for rescuing a child from a burning house has been arrested for allegedly making a false claim that another toddler was abducted, police said Thursday.

Traci Bushie told police she was baby-sitting Wednesday afternoon when a man with a handgun forced his way into the home, according to Carmel Sgt. police Michael Johnson.

A search began after police were told the gunman had driven away with 2- year-old William Nakelski, demanding $5,000 for his return. A short time later, a passerby picked up the child, who was walking along the road alone, 1 1/4 miles from his home.

Ms. Bushie later admitted she had let William out of the car and then returned to the Nakelski home, where she had left a second boy sleeping in his crib, Johnson said.

She was charged with falsely reporting an incident and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

On Oct. 1, Ms. Bushie was praised by police and fire officials for rescuing 2-year-old Emily Butler from a fire in the home of her parents, Robert and Janet Butler of Kent.

At the time, Kent Fire Lt. Kathryn Casey said, ″We were all impressed with Traci’s maturity, how calmly she handled the serious emergency and how she was able to ease the baby’s fears so quickly.″

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