Police: Lynnwood mom used young son to burglarize homes

Police: Lynnwood mom used young son to burglarize homes
LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- A Lynnwood woman was arrested this week for allegedly using her 10-year-old child to burglarize homes.

Police say Marie Shafique and her son took part in a Tuesday burglary attempt in Lynnwood. The 33-year-old mother allegedly kept watch as the boy attempted to slither through a window.

What Shafique didn't know was that neighbors were watching and a security camera caught the whole thing on tape.

Michelle Geronimo was inside her house when the boy allegedly tried to break in.

"The screen was off, the window was wide open and he was peering inside," she said. "I was just shocked that it was a little boy, and when you figure out what's going on it's sad."

A woman named Mary lives across the street and said she saw the attempted burglary. Mary called out the mother and her boy while another neighbor's surveillance camera rolled.

"She got up and said, 'I wasn't doing anything,'" Mary said. "And then the little boy, he runs down and you could just see the panic. He's just scared."

Lynnwood police soon caught up with Shafique, and they say she was carrying crack cocaine and a stolen computer. She's now in jail facing burglary and identity theft charges. Her bail was set at $25,000.

Police say she had been living in a filthy motel room with her four young children and four dogs.

A hotel manager said Shafique told her she was staying at the hotel to get away from a bad relationship.

"She said, 'I don't have a lot of money, but I'm working for my kids,'" said manager Maria Santana.

Santana also said a nearby women's shelter even covered some of the hotel costs.

Shafique's four kids are now staying with their father.