A six-year-old girl narrowly escaped her would-be captor, who attempted to pick her up and leave with her just outside her home in Ohio.
Ken’Adi Nash of Hamilton was taking out the trash when Deric McPherson, 33, also of Hamilton, allegedly tried to kidnap her on Wednesday.
“This guy walked by and he touched me and pulled me,” she said hello america (GMA). “He just let me go because I screamed.”
After running inside, Ken’Adi told his parents that “a man tried to kidnap me” and touched his “private parts”.
McPherson has now been charged with kidnapping and gross sexual imposition.
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Ken’Adi Nash, 6, of Hamilton (pictured with his parents Ricky and Mandie) was nearly kidnapped by Deric McPherson, 33, also of Hamilton, on Wednesday
Ken’Adi only managed to escape after he started screaming and walking away
McPherson is shown grabbing Ken’Adi by the blue trash can as she takes out the trash
He was arrested and charged with kidnapping and gross sexual imposition
The Nash family said they had always taught their four daughters how to defend themselves against an attacker, but never thought such teachings would be necessary.
‘She did [listen to us], and she used it,” her mother Mandie told GMA. “I’m so proud of her, because as soon as she screamed, he let go. So obviously it works.
Mandie was inside the house putting away her groceries when the incident – which only lasted around 10 seconds – happened.
His dad Ricky took off in McPherson in his car calling 911. He said: ‘I chased him like he still had my kid. [I] I certainly didn’t want him to go and snatch another child.
McPherson then tried to “dive into people’s back alleys and yards to get away from me,” Ricky told WLWT.
Police would eventually find McPherson inside a Dodge Caravan among cars in Paul’s Auto’s parking lot on Erie Boulevard.
“When the cops handcuffed him, it took a lot of the angst away,” Ricky told GMA.
The family will certainly not forget the terrifying situation, with Mandie telling GMA: “It’s forever etched in our minds – that scream.” So it will always be with us.
The family are now trying to move away from Hamilton, according to Mandie’s Facebook page, as Ken ‘Adi ‘desperately wants to leave this house/neighbourhood. [as soon as possible].’
The Nash family said they always taught their four daughters how to defend themselves against an attacker, but never thought these teachings would be necessary.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children child advocate Callahan Walsh told GMA that Ken’Adi did everything right.
“She was kicking, screaming, walking away. That’s exactly what we teach kids what to do when a potential kidnapper tries to catch them,” Walsh said.
About 83% of children who were confronted with a potential abduction ran away by doing something “proactive” like kicking.
“She’s the reason she’s home safe tonight,” he told GMA.
McPherson was found inside a Dodge Caravan (pictured) after Ricky chased him in his car to make sure he didn’t run away
Walsh also recommends that parents talk to their children about what to do in these situations as early as possible.
“Start with things like walking around your neighborhood, listing which houses your child could go to in an emergency, what their neighbors’ names are, what their parents’ full names are, what phone number and home address they have,” Walsh said.
“These are things you can teach your young children, the basics of child safety.”
Moment OH, a 6-year-old girl manages to escape a would-be kidnapper who tries to catch her right outside her house