Published: Tue, April 30, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

8-year-old saves sister from potential kidnapping

8-year-old saves sister from potential kidnapping

An eight-year-old boy who pulled his 10-year-old sister from a moving vehicle as it was being stolen by a heroin addict has been praised for his heroic act.

She wouldn't have left her great-grandchildren alone in the back seat otherwise, she said, even as she helped her sick daughter into a wheelchair outside Atrium Medical Center's emergency room in Middletown, Ohio.

Coburn was helping the woman into the hospital, leaving the boy and his 10-year-old sister in the back seats of the auto.

Police allege that only seconds later Dalvir Singh, 24, got into Ms Coburn's vehicle and drove off with the children still in the back.

Police told the station that 24-year-old Dalvir Singh didn't get very far after driving away from the hospital - they soon found him and the auto a few blocks away and arrested him on charges of kidnapping, grand theft, and felonious assault. When his sister tried to jump out, the man, Dalvir Singh, 24, allegedly grabbed her hoodie to try and keep her from escaping.

Her grandson Chance opened the door to break away but was forced to pull his 10-year-old sister Skyler away from Singh's tight hold.

Coburn said she did not realize they had escaped and chased the vehicle by foot.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw lauded the boy in a statement, saying, "This little guy is a hero".

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She thought she had locked her auto, but a safety feature had prevented her from locking the doors with the keys still inside.

They were identified as 8-year-old Chance and his 10-year-old sister Skyler by WCPO. As he drove away, the quick-thinking boy opened the door and pulled his sister to safety. She grabbed onto the door and was dragged by it until it accelerated and she could no longer hold on.

The stolen vehicle was stopped a short time later by patrolling officers and the driver, who is known to police, was taken into custody. "That is incredible at his age", he said.

"That vehicle didn't bother me at all", Coburn said.

"Every time I think about it, I want to cry", she said.

Coburn, 69, told the station it was the "most morbid feeling in the world".

The Middletown Division of Police posted the story on its Facebook page Friday. No one needs to feel that fear.

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