7-year-old A-nari Taylor bravely fought off an abductor, after he tried to kidnap Taylor’s 4-year-old cousin.
Last July, Taylor was playing with her little cousin Brandon Mincey, when a man walked up to them and grabbed Mincey.
“God told me to take him, God told me he’s coming with me,” the man screamed.
“The man started pulling him, and we start pulling him back and I had to chop and kick him so he could let Brandon go,” A-nari recounted.”‘Cause my mama always said safety is first.”
Hearing the commotion, Tiffany Morris came out from a nearby apartment to help.
“The little boy looked so scared,” Morris said. “A-nari came over and started beating the man up, and she was like, ‘Let my cousin go, let my cousin go.'”
Moore ran away from the scene, but with A-nari’s help, police were able to catch the would-be abductor. “With the information that she provided the officers, we were able to apprehend the defendant,” police officer Anita Najiy said. “He was charged with attempted kidnapping and false imprisonment.”
Last Tuesday, in honor of A-nari’s heroism, officers awarded the little girl with a Sponge Bob Square Pants jacket in a community ceremony.
“I’m very, very proud of her, and she knows that I love her. What she did was very brave,” A-nari’s mom Tanya Dingle said. “She always said she wanted to get into karate, so this is the beginning.”