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SEATTLE - The former treasurer of a charity set up to help the parents of critically ill children is charged with stealing from the non-profit.

Aubrey Zimney is accused of stealing $18,847.74 from Common Bond Guild charity.

Parents of former kids at the neonatal intensive care unit at Seattle Children's established the charity in 2005. The organization gives out care bags full of respiratory-friendly baby outfits, lullaby CDs and restaurant gift certificates to families whose critically ill children are hospitalized.

A founder of the charity called the alleged crime gutwrenching and said it almost ruined all of our good work.

Zimney was treasurer of the Guild from September of 2004 to December 2008. During that time, prosecutors say Zimney deposited donation checks and then withdrew cash for her own personal use. According to court documents Zimney confessed to stealing the money and used it to make payments on her credit card, insurance premiums, cell phone, house payments and other personal bills.

The charity says an investigation into the theft and bounded check fees cost the charity a total of $27,928.74.

Zimney is charged with first degree theft. Her arraignment is scheduled for later this month.

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