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Teen Explains Call To Police Over Spider In Home

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An Oregon teen says she's not normally so afraid of spiders. But she thought the creepy-crawly that showed up in her home was big enough to warrant a call to police.

Makenna Sewell says she was home alone and walked into her room to find the giant spider.

She has muscular dystrophy, and she says attacking the spider would have been difficult for her.

The teen also says she was especially concerned because a poisonous spider had recently bitten her mother.

Here's what she said to the police operator when she called a non-emergency number, not 9-1-1 as was originally reported.

"It's probably the size of a baseball," Sewell said. "It is huge. And someone in my family was just recently bit, and they thought it was a recluse spider. It was my mom. She had to go to the hospital, because she has this nasty bite on her leg. And I'm walking into my room and I see this massive freaking creature on the back of my couch, and I have no idea what to do, and I can't get a hold of my parents. So I don't know if you guys have anything I can do, or if I just sit here and stare at it and wait for someone to get home and kill it," Sewell said.

In a follow-up interview with the Fox station in Oregon, Sewell said, "Just seeing a spider that big and knowing what it did to my mom and me having a compromised immune system and a younger brother, I just knew that it was not OK and that I had to call someone."

A police officer used a rolled-up newspaper to kill the spider, which he said was about two inches in diameter.

The family then had the spider tested. Turns out it was, in fact, a poisonous brown recluse.

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