SOUTH BEND — A local mother is speaking out after police say her 2-year-old son's babysitters used him to steal alcohol.
Officers arrested 27-year-old Benjamin Sims and 26-year-old Danielle Howey Tuesday night on felony theft charges. They are related to the boy and his mother by marriage and they have been babysitting the 2-year-old for the past two months while she’s at work.
The alleged incident started at the Meijer on Portage Road.
“It appears they put this child on top of a blanket, which was on top of some alcohol they were trying to conceal, and sort of used him as a decoy so you couldn't really tell what he was laying on top of,” said South Bend Police Capt. Phil Trent.
After putting the 10 bottles of alcohol in their car, police say Sims and Howey went across the street to Wal-Mart where store security caught them trying to steal hundreds of dollars in DVDs.