When 39-year-old David Moore tried to kidnap a little boy playing in his yard in Overton, Fla., two months ago, his 7-year-old sister, A-nari Taylor (pictured), came to the rescue.
On Tuesday, the Miami police department awarded the little crime fighter for her efforts at a ceremony. Taylor recalls the attempted abduction as a harrowing experience.
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“The man started pulling him, and we start pulling him back and I had to chop and kick him so he could let Brandon go,” Taylor said, adding that her protective instincts kicked in. “Cause my momma always said safety is first.”
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Eventually, the Moore gave up and walked off. Police say they there able to apprehend him with the information Taylor gave them. He was charged with attempted kidnapping and false imprisonment.
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When Taylor received her award at the ceremony this week, the audience gave her a standing ovation. Her mother, Tanya Dingle, says she is very proud of her daughter and suspects that the next step in her butt-kicking little girl’s future is martial arts.
“She always said she wanted to get into karate so this is the beginning,” Dingle said.
Though Taylor has shown that he can fend off abductors three times her size, her mom keeps a careful eye on her and she now plays with large groups of kids for safety precautions.