It is one of a parent’s worst nightmares. Your child is approached by a stranger and quickly taken away.
Will your baby be hurt? Will you ever seem them again?
Last week, a 27-year-old man allegedly grabbed a 4-year-old girl off a street in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Thankfully for her and her family, she had a group of angels on her side.
They came in the form of her neighbors, and one in particular is being called a hero. The surprising part is that hero is only 12 years old.
Benjamin Spasogevich-Lee, known as “Eli,” moved into the Kenosha neighborhood of the 4-year-old girl this year. Neighbors said they found him creepy and were suspicious of him and some unusual behavior, such as doing yoga outside in his underwear.
He was said to frequently try to play with the kids and had asked where they went to school. He had also reportedly talked to the kids about rape.
On May 18, a group of kids, including 4-year-old Caylee Carr, were playing outside. Witnesses said Spasogevich-Lee took Caylee and walked away with her.
The neighborhood kids saw what happened and had a quick response. “Kids started coming up to me saying, ‘Jada, Eli has Caylee. He has Caylee,’” 12-year-old Jada Miller said.
Jada ran down to the man and Caylee. “Come on, Caylee, we’re going home,” she said as she took Caylee’s arm.
Young Caylee did not fully grasp what was happening. Her dad told Inside Edition that Caylee turned to the man and said, “I’ll be right back.”
But Jada would not allow that to happen. According to Inside Edition, she smartly responded with these words: “No, she won’t.”
Spasogevich-Lee was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and abduction, though he has denied touching the girl. He is being held on $15,000 bond and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of abduction.
Caylee’s parents are grateful to Miller for protecting Caylee. Jeff Carr, Caylee’s father, said they had given her a gift card as a thank you, and Caylee’s mom, Jennifer, has started a GoFundMe page to give Jada a “hero reward.”
And the neighbors are happy to know they live in a community where people take care of each other. “I’m proud of her. I’m happy about the little kid,” Bernard Barnes, a neighbor, told WITI-TV, “I hope more communities can react like that; come together and be aware of what’s going on.”