Brave 8-Year-Old Girl Saves Herself And Brother From Being Kidnapped

April 16, 2018  |  

A lot of times, we just don’t give children the credit they deserve. They’re often much brighter than we recognize. This 8-year girl named Malaiah from San Diego proved this fact with her heroic efforts.

She saved her 3-year-old brother and herself after they were kidnapped by a strange woman in the parking lot of a beauty supply.

According to ABC 7Malaiah and her brother were sitting in the backseat of their family car while their father went inside to buy his daughter some hair supplies. The day was particularly hot and he left to two children in the air-conditioned car. Malaiah’s father, Rodney Cole, was gone for less than two minutes when the woman jumped in.

Malaiah said, “She looked at the car and she saw it running and she saw kids in it. Then she just got in and drove away.”

Cole saw the car take off. He ran past cars in the street to stop the vehicle.

“I saw my dad coming out the store and I saw him banging on the window, but she rolled the window up.” Malaiah said.

Malaiah used the phone her father gave her in case of emergencies to call authorities.

“They said, ‘911, what’s your emergency?’ And I said, ‘Me and my little brother got kidnapped.’ She said, ‘Can you tell us where you are? What do you see?’ I said, ‘I see signs that say Mexico border.’ She [the kidnapper] tried to take the phone from me, but then I moved away from her. She said, ‘Give me the phone or I’m going to drive in circles and crash into the freeway wall,’ Malaiah said.

Eventually, Malaiah did give the woman the phone but by that time authorities knew where they were.

Listening to his daughter recall what happened, her father sobbed before saying, ‘I’m very proud of her.”

Authorities have yet to establish a motive for the car theft and kidnapping. According to investigators, the Cole family does not know the suspect.

This little girl is amazing! And kudos to her parents for preparing her in case of an emergency and even making sure that her reading skills were up to par. It no doubt saved her and her brother’s life.

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