Florida mother rescues two young girls from kidnapping after a stranger pretends to be their father

A Florida mother uses her quick wit to save two young girls from kidnapping after realizing that the man who claims to be their father is actually a complete stranger.

The disturbing incident began in FishHawk’s park on Sunday when two friends under the age of 12 left Cherry’s Bar and grill restaurant around 6 p.m. According to reports, a strange man came to the girls and told them that he would “watch” their walk home.

Jessica Lang from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, explained to WFLA:

“He didn’t know these children, and these children definitely didn’t know him.”

Absolutely terrifying!

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Officials said that after the man started following the friends who were riding bicycles, he repeatedly hit one of the girls in the head. The young couple tried to get out of it by pedaling to a nearby church. Lang continued.

“At that moment, he follows them from the restaurant and starts hitting one of the children on the head and continues to follow them. Fortunately, these children stayed together and rode their bicycles to a nearby church and asked an adult for help.

But the man had the audacity to follow the girls inside the church – where he actually tried to claim that they were his children.

Fortunately, a churchgoer – a mother – sensed that something was wrong. This was said by the woman, who did not want to be identified Fox7 that she “sees two children on their bicycles and an elderly man behind them,” adding that one of the little girls began to speak to her in silence:

“Please help me, this is not my father.”

The heroic woman continued:

He was talking to her, just behind her, wrapping his arm around her neck and saying something in her ear, saying, “We just moved here, we just want to see how we can help you do whatever you do. “”

Instead of attacking him and potentially provoking a dangerous reaction, the mother made a clever decision: she greeted the group at church and distracted him with questions until he had a chance to call 911.

She recalled:

“I took part in a conversation with him. I said, “Oh, that’s nice, where did you move here?” He said, “Oh, I’m not sure.”

Hillsborough County MPs quickly responded to the scene and found the man, who was later identified as David Daniels (above), not far from the church, on the way back to the center.

The 37-year-old was arrested on two charges of falsely imprisoning a child and abusing children. He was detained on $ 104,000 bail.

Both girls then told police they feared they would be abducted. Meanwhile, the woman said she did not “want any recognition” for her actions, telling the station outside the camera:

“I do not want to be a hero. I just did what I hope someone will do for my own children. There are mothers who are like me. They will recognize the signs and know what to do. At that moment, I didn’t know if I would get the right answer. But they are fine and are home today.

Lang, however, sees the act as nothing but heroic. The officer said:

“The members of this church have really stepped up to protect children who are not theirs. “They saw that something was wrong and saved these children.

We are very happy that this story has a happy ending! It’s so scary after all.

[Image via Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]

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