'He let go because I screamed’: CHILLING moment Ohio man tried to kidnap 6-yr-old girl from front yard
The shocking video shows the girl standing in her front yard, when Deric McPherson, 33, walks toward her, appears to touch her, and tries to drag her down the sidewalk by her arm before she runs away
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HAMILTON, OHIO: A six-year-old girl from Hamilton was nearly abducted by a man from the same area. The incident that took place on Wednesday, August 24 was captured on the CCTV footage of the girl’s house. The girl has been identified as Ken'Adi Nash whereas, the man who tried to kidnap the child is 33-year-old Deric McPherson.
According to a report by Daily Mail, Deric McPherson has been charged with abduction and gross sexual imposition. According to the footage obtained from the Nash family home, McPherson tried to hold the girl’s hand and take her with him as she stepped out for taking the trash out. However, he let her go after she screamed for help. Deric McPherson was later arrested after the girl’s father chased him in his car while also calling the cops. McPherson was arrested inside an SUV at Paul's Auto on Erie Boulevard.
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‘This guy walked by and he touched me and pulled me’
The disturbing video shows the 6-year-old being approached by the man and soon grabbing her by the arm. In the clip, Deric McPherson tries to drag the girl away but fails as she pulls herself back while screaming at the top of her voice. She rushed inside her home and informed her parents, Ricky Nash and Mandie Miller. "She came in with a blood-curdling scream, she ran into the living room she said, 'mommy someone tried to take me, he touched my private parts,'" Miller said. "I went outside and saw him walking down the sidewalk."
Speaking to ABC’s Good Morning America, the girl shared, “This guy walked by and he touched me and pulled me. He just let go of me because I screamed.” McPherson is being held at the Butler County Jail just over 30 miles outside of Cincinnati. His court dates are yet to be scheduled.
‘She's the reason why she's home safe tonight’
The Nash family said that they always taught their four daughters how to defend themselves against an attacker. “She did [listen to us], and she used it”, said the girl’s mother adding, “I'm so proud of her because as soon as she screamed, he let go. So obviously, it does work.” The father of the six-year-old too chimed in saying, “When the cops put him in handcuffs, it took some much anguish away” the mother added, “It's forever etched in our minds - that scream. So, it'll always be with us.”
Callahan Walsh, Child Advocate for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, told Good Morning America that Ken'Adi did everything right, “She was kicking, screaming, pulling away. It's exactly what we teach kids what to do when a would-be abductor tries to grab them” adding, “She's the reason why she's home safe tonight.”
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