Police: Wash. woman attacked for paying babysitter in food stamps

SEATTLE -- This sounds like a case for Judge Judy, but let's hear it in the court of public opinion instead: Does allowing a babysitter to use your food stamps while looking after your kids count as paying said babysitter? If not, does said babysitter's mother have the right to choke you and break your expensive Japanese vase?

Officers were called to a home in the High Point neighborhood of West Seattle around 9:45 p.m. Aug. 27 when a woman reported she had been attacked by the mother of a 22-year-old who used to babysit her children, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the babysitter and her parents entered the victim's house through an unlocked front door while the victim was upstairs.

The babysitter's mother yelled up the stairs for the victim to come down. And, when she didn't the mother went upstairs to confront her.

According to the report, the babysitter's mother demanded the victim pay her daughter the money she owed her for babysitting.

When the victim told her she had already paid her daughter, the babysitter's mother grabbed the victim by the throat and said if the victim didn't pay up, she would come back with her family to break things and "kick her [expletive]," according to the report.

The victim told officers the babysitter's mother showed she meant business by breaking a $260 Japanese vase and a $40 potted plant on her way out of the house.

According to the report, this is an ongoing incident between the parties.

The victim told officers the babysitter used some of the money from her food stamp card while babysitting, and the victim is counting that as payment.

Unsatisfied with this form of remuneration, the babysitter's mother has been harassing the victim about paying her daughter for a while now, according to the report.