A California Teenager Texted Her Mother From The Bathroom While A Burglar Ransacked Their Home

One afternoon in March 2017 a Californian teenager got the scare of her life. What happened to her while she was babysitting her niece was truly extraordinary. So extraordinary, in fact, that her story has made headlines around the world.

Savannah Jones, 14, had been asked to babysit Zoyee, her four-year-old niece, and she’d accepted the responsibility. The two were at Savannah’s home in Montclair, California, then, and it was all going well. Until, that is, Savanna heard a noise.

Specifically, the teen heard someone knocking at the front door. But because she wasn’t expecting anyone to visit, she ignored the interruption at first. When the knocking persisted, however, Savannah thought something might be up.

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Consequently, the babysitter headed over to the front door to check what was going on. She then peered through the peephole and saw a guy she did not recognize. But he was still knocking.

Savannah suddenly felt concerned that this man was actually trying to get into the house. “While I was standing here I saw the doorknob move,” she said. And she knew she had to do something.

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So the youngster acted quickly. She took hold of her four-year-old niece and ran to hide somewhere in the house. Savannah certainly wasn’t taking any chances. After all, what if the man successfully got in?

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Savannah and little Zoyee then found a hiding spot in the bathroom of the master bedroom. “I had [my niece] hiding behind the toilet and I locked myself in there,” Savannah said. Then, she had a smart idea.

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She grabbed her phone and began texting her mom. The teenager was thereby able to tell her mother that there was a man trying to get into the house. Yet it was while she was texting that she heard the sound she had been dreading.

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She heard the man kick the front door through. Still staying out of sight in the bathroom, then, all the teenager could do was continue to message her mom while trying to keep her niece quiet. Of course, she didn’t want the man to find them.

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The terrified girls sat in silence as they heard the intruder making his way around the house. Then, Savannah heard the man in her mom’s bedroom. Only a bathroom door separated them now.

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“I could hear him going through my mom’s room, and he came by the door where we were hiding. I was just hoping he wouldn’t know that we were in there,” Savannah told Los Angeles television station KTLA.

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Savannah explained to KTLA that her main concern was just keeping her young niece safe from harm. “I was very scared, not so much for myself, but just Zoyee,” she said in an interview after the terrifying event.

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“I kept staring at the door and hoping he wouldn’t try to open it,” Savannah told CBS News. Thankfully, however, the intruder never went into the bathroom. He left the house, having ransacked it.

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Meanwhile, Savannah’s mom had managed to get hold of a neighbor, who in turn then contacted the police. But the burglar managed to get away before officers arrived at the house.

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The most important thing, though, was that the two girls were safe again. Talking to CBS, Savannah said she felt relieved that they weren’t hurt. But she was also concerned that the guy was still on the loose. “Relief, and then knowing that he’s still out there, I don’t know, scary,” Savannah said.

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Savannah has been widely praised for the courage she displayed in every babysitter’s worst nightmare. “She was very smart and brave,” said Savannah’s sister when she was interviewed by KTLA.

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The intruder, meanwhile, has still not been found, but thanks to Savannah’s quick look through the peephole, she was able to give police a good description of him. She described the man as being black, in his 20s and bald.

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Savannah could even tell officers what clothes the intruder was wearing: a dark sweatshirt and a pair of jeans. In the meantime, police have put up a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to his arrest.

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Some people online have suggested that Savannah should perhaps have called the police. However, others argue that the man could have heard her on the phone and found them. And who knows what could have happened then?

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Many people might have panicked in this situation, but Savannah managed to keep a cool head. Her quick-thinking actions were admirable, and her bravery has attracted lots of positive attention, too. “I hope this girl gets a ton of babysitting gigs and makes a fortune. Super job!” one Daily Mail reader commented. You go girl!

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