'Hero' 8-year-old Ohio boy saves his sister, pulls her out of moving car as man tried to kidnap them
An 8-year-old boy from Ohio is being hailed as a hero by the police after he saved himself and his sister from an attempted kidnapping on Thursday when their grandmother's vehicle was stolen.
In Middletown, Ohio, the children's grandmother Nita Coburn got out of the vehicle in order to take another woman into the emergency room at a hospital when 24-year-old Dalvir Singh jumped into the driver's seat and drove off with the children still inside.
Without hesitating 8-year-old Chance and his 10-year-old sister, Skylar tried their best to jump out as the vehicle began to speed away. Chance opened the door of the vehicle to escape as his sister attempted to jump until Singh grabbed the girl's hoodie, according to police. Chance was eventually able to grab a hold of Skylar and pull her away from the 24-year-old. Both children came tumbling out of the car in a moment that was captured on a surveillance video.
Watch the video here.
"This little guy is a hero. No question," Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said in a statement. "He pulled his sister out of the car with no concern for his own safety. That is incredible at his age and outstanding work by Officers Kirby and Engleka to find the suspect and take him down without incident."
In an interview with Fox 19, Chance said: "We both started screaming and then my grandma went out and grabbed a hold of the car and he just kept opening and shutting the door trying to get her off." According to the same publication, the grandmother of the children, 69-year-old Coburn, made a valiant effort to save the kids by trying to grab onto a door before being dragged.
Singh, who police said is addicted to heroin, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of kidnapping, felonious assault, and grand theft.
Middleton PD hailed Chance for his bravery and now plan to honor the youngster for his selfless actions. They took to Facebook to share pictures with Chance and Skylar and wrote "What do you see here? If three heroes was the answer then you are correct!"