Child Heroes Save Mom from Attacker - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/23/04

Child Heroes Save Mom from Attacker

5-year-old Michael and 7-year-old Destiny, of Plainview, are without a doubt true heroes. As a stranger invaded their home in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday and attacked their mom, the two children didn't run and hide, they didn't cry, they didn't freeze or panic. They escaped and ran for help, possibly saving their mom's life and their own.

Michael says, "She (mom) was taking out the trash when we were fixin' to go to sleep and a man came in and said 'lay down.'" As Michael and Destiny lie still, the strange man that intruded their home waited for their mom to come back inside. Michael recalls, "Whenever my mom came in, he (the attacker) got her down, choked her and hit her on her head." The kids' mom fought back, and that's when Michael and Destiny took matters in to their own hands. Their mom says, "Destiny said she was thinking 'Oh no, he's not hitting my mom' and she ran out the door. As she's running, Bubba's (Michael) dragging behind and she said this isn't the time to take your time!"

Back in the house, the intruder physically and sexually assaulted the children's mother, saying if she fought back, he'd kill her AND her children. His victim says, "I just cooperated so he wouldn't hurt the babies." Michael says, "We didn't know if he had a weapon, we didn't know."

Finally, a knock came at the family's door and must have stunned the attacker, because he let go of the children's mom. She recalls, "I didn't know if it was someone to help me or help him." Thankfully, the knock was for her. The children had alerted a neighbor as to what was going on. One neighbor called 911 and another ran to the mother's rescue. Her attacker ran off possibly saving her life.

When you tell Michael he's a hero, he replies: "Destiny AND me. We always save our mom."

The whole family hopes two lessons can be learned from their ordeal. First the importance of teaching your children to dial 911 or seek out help. Secondly, be cautious when you're home alone no matter if it's a large city or Plainview, Texas.

Plainview Police are hoping you will help them find their suspect. In his haste, the man left behind a ball cap, pictured right. He is described as an Hispanic male in his mid-20's. He's about six feet tall, with black hair and a goatee. If you have any information please contact Plainview authorities at 293-TIPS, that's 293-8477.

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