Eight-year-old Delicia, and her 10-year-old brother, Brenden were playing at a park in Sprague, Washington this past month with their little brother, Owen. Their dad had to work, so he left them with a babysitter. The kids went to play on the playground not far from the sitter's house. The babysitter decided that since the children were at a park and close by, it would be okay to leave them unattended for a moment. Wrong decision!
A stranger walked up to the three little kids, and started talking to them. He said that he had been babysitting for a long time and that he was "nice to kids." But moments later, the man grabbed 22-month-old Owen out of his stroller and took off running! Delicia and Brenden ran after the man as fast as they could, screaming as they went. Their screams alerted Dorothy Giddings, who was working nearby in her antiques store. She sent her teenage grandson and his friend to help chase down the kidnapper. When the man saw the two teens chasing after him, he put little Owen down and fled. Police arrested the suspect a few days later.
Michael Wright, the father of the three young children, is very thankful that nothing worse happened. "I'm very proud that my two children acted so bravely," he said. Delicia and Brenden have learned a valuable lesson, that even "nice" strangers can sometimes be very dangerous. And they have proven that you don't have to be big in size to be a hero!