While siblings were playing outside, a convicted child sex offender grabbed a 12-year-old girl and threw her into his car. Unfortunately for him, he soon discovered that her younger brother had a brilliant secret weapon.
No matter how young, most children have an innate quality that compels them to defend their siblings from perceived threats. Though they likely tease and torment one another, when it comes to an outsider taking advantage of their brother or sister, kids often naturally default to defense mode, sometimes disregarding fear of any harm to themselves.
Of course, this protective mechanism comes in handy when one or the other is facing a chastising teacher or playground bully. However, it’s far more remarkable for such a young child to ignore their own safety in order to physically take on an adult stranger capable of doing serious harm.
Near the Irish village of Cullahill, a young boy and his sister were playing outside of their home when every parent’s worst nightmare became a reality. A 34-year-old man, who had been previously convicted of abducting and raping a 14-year-old girl, exited his SUV and asked the pair for directions to a local priest’s home.
Before the children could even answer, the man grabbed the 12-year-old girl and dragged her back to his vehicle and got inside with her. Just as he was about to drive away, the girl’s little brother quickly took action, unleashing a secret weapon the sex offender never saw coming.
In a heroic effort to rescue his older sister from the clutches of the sex offender, the 10-year-old boy jumped through the driver’s window and began relentlessly punching her abductor. Incredibly, the young boy’s counter-attack proved successful as his blows distracted the kidnapper long enough for the girl to escape the vehicle and run for help, according to the Irish Independent.
In a bid to flee the juvenile vigilante, the kidnapper desperately threw the car into gear and began driving off with the boy still partially hanging out of his window. Once the vehicle started moving, the boy released his grip on the sex offender and watched as his vanquished foe anxiously sped away.
The attacker, who remains unnamed, was on bail for robbery when he attempted to abduct the girl. Police later arrested the man when he arrived at a local church. The suspect is reportedly well-known to police for robbing churches and the homes of priests and is described as “very volatile and dangerous.”
He boasts a string of convictions and a lengthy criminal record, which includes current charges for a number of robbery offenses. In 2004, the man was jailed for 4 years after pleading guilty to the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl. He admitted to having a sexual relationship with the minor, despite knowing it was illegal.
The 10-year-old boy has been lauded as a hero in his town for saving his older sister from being kidnapped and possibly sexually assaulted. His father told reporters that, although his family is still too shocked to discuss the details of the incident, he is “extremely proud” of his son for coming to his daughter’s rescue.
This young boy’s courage in the face of extreme adversity is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Every little girl should have a brother like this young man to defend them from those who wish to do them harm.