Siblings were able to stop the kidnapping of a toddler that could have had a far worse outcome. ABC News reports that 22-month-old Owen Wright was playing at a Sprague park with his 8-year-old sister, Delicia, and 10-year-old brother, Breden, when everything happened. All three of them were reportedly unsupervised while in the park that was near their babysitter’s house on Sunday. The children’s father — Michael Wright — was working at the time.
In surveillance footage obtained from a grocery store near the park, a suspect runs up and flees with Owen. The boy’s brave brother and sister jumped to their feet and ran after the kidnapper. Thanks to Delicia’s loud screams, others heard her and suddenly two teenage boys helped in pursuit of the abductor.
Realizing he was in trouble, the kidnapper left Owen in a vacant lot before he continued off in his run.
Although the siblings stopped this kidnapping, the suspect is still at large. Anyone who recognizes the suspect is urged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 509-725-3501.
Witness Dorothy Giddings was working close by when the harrowing events unfolded before her. She saw the toddler’s sister going after the kidnapper when she heard all the commotion.
“This little girl come running around the corner screaming her head off,” Giddings tells KXLY News.
“I didn’t really care. There was a kid’s life in danger,” says Andrew Crane, one of the teens who ran after the suspect.
“I don’t consider myself a hero. I consider myself a person doing the right thing,” said Isaac Yow, the other teen.
Giddings told Delicia she did the right thing by screaming to stop the kidnapping.
“I told that little girl, I said, ‘Honey, you did exactly what you needed to do scream your head off.’ That’s what saved that baby. Her screaming and us running.”
As for the father of all three kids, Michael Wright “can’t explain” the horrible feeling he had after learning his son was almost abducted. He said you get “nervous and can’t think straight” when such a thing occurs to your child.
“I can’t explain the feeling, the anxiety and everything that goes into finding out your children is missing or something has happened to them.”
Sprague is considered a very safe community with a population of just 500 people. On Sunday, the attempted kidnapping was a brutal wake-up call that predators and abductors are everywhere. If it hadn’t been for the toddler’s brother and sister thinking as fast as they did, the story would have had a whole different ending. Watching these siblings stop the kidnapping of their younger brother shows how determined they were to make sure no one would hurt a member of their family.
[Photo Credit: Screenshot surveillance video via ABC]