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Police: Baby Sitter Took Girl Along On Burglary

Last updated on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

(SHELBYVILLE) - A Shelbyville man took the 7-year-old girl he was baby-sitting along with him when he broke into a home over the weekend, police said.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Elliott Street on Saturday on a report of a man burglarizing a home.

Police said they found the suspect, Dustin Whisenant, along with a 7-year-old girl sitting in a car near the home. But when officers tried to approach the car, he took off.

Whisenant's car was found in a garage in the 800 block of West Washington Street.

Police recovered the girl and sent a police dog in after Whisenant refused to come out.

"The juvenile had no connection to the crime committed," said Shelbyville police Lt. Michael Turner, in a news release.

Police said the victim's home was ransacked and that Whisenant allegedly took most of his children's toys. He also took a wedding ring.

Whisenant was treated at a local hospital and then arrested. He was formally charged Monday with burglary resulting in bodily injury, theft, neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement and obstruction of justice.

Whisenant was held on $50,000 bond, The Shelbyville News reported. His trial was set for July 16.

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