An eight-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero after dragging his sister from a moving car to save her from a potential kidnapping.
The pair, identified by police as Chance and Skylar, were in the back seat of the car outside a hospital in Ohio as their grandmother took a friend to the emergency room.
Moments after 69-year-old Nita Coburn exited the car outside the Atrium Medical Centre, a man jumped into the front seat and started to drive off.
Coburn said she only left the children unattended because she thought she’d locked the door. “Every time I think about it, I want to cry,” she said reflecting on the incident. “It’s the most morbid feeling in the world.”
Her grandson Chance opened the door to break away but was forced to pull his 10-year-old sister Skyler away from Singh’s tight hold.
Police caught up with Singh and arrested him. They alleged that he is addicted to heroin and charged him with two counts of kidnapping, felonious assault, and grand theft.
In a Facebook post, the police wrote: “The little boy opened the door to escape and the little girl started to jump out also but the man grabbed the hoodie of the little girl not allowing her to leave.
“As she tried to get away her little brother grabbed hold of her and pulled her away from the kidnapper and they both tumbled out of the vehicle as it was moving.”
Chief Rodney Muterspaw praised Chance’s actions, calling him a “hero”. He said: “This little guy is a hero. No question. He pulled his sister out of the car with no concern for his own safety. That is incredible at his age.”
Take a look at the incident unfold in the video below:
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