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Babysitter allegedly took kids to vandalize local school district property

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IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls woman is accused of taking kids she babysat to vandalize the property of a local school district.

Katherine “Willow” Raquel Eggleston, 31, is charged with felony malicious injury to property after an investigation by the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Eggleston allegedly took the girls she babysat, ages 9 and 10, to vandalize Bonneville Joint School District 93 property.

Surveillance cameras captured Eggleston and the two girls at Rocky Mountain Middle School on Aug. 10 using spray paint at multiple places. The vandalism covered buildings, pavement and vehicles at the school. A second incident unfolded on Sept. 18 when Eggleston and the girls allegedly trespassed at the district’s bus yard nearby and vandalized a school bus.

Deputies interviewed Eggleston and she denied involvement. The girls told them that Eggleston cared for them while their mother was at work. The girls said Eggleston took them to the district properties and vandalized them.

“(Eggleston) told the girls that it was OK and directed them to perform the actions,” a deputy wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

It cost the district over $4,000 to repair the damaged vehicle, clean up the graffiti and remove paint off the school bus.

Bonneville County prosecutors charged Eggleston in November, and she was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on Monday. She is scheduled for her initial appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Although Eggleston is accused of a crime, it does not necessarily mean she committed it. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.