Parenthood
Man tries to abduct 6-year-old girl but she foils his plan with smart move
Ken'Adi remembered what her parents had taught her.
Irene Markianou
08.31.22

The Nash family has been living in their Ohio home for four years and they’ve always considered their neighborhood a safe place for them and their daughters.

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Ricky Nash and Mandie Miller-Nash are parents to four girls, and they’ve made sure to talk to them about “stranger danger”.

And, while the girls are still young and the Nashes had no idea if they were even paying attention while they were explaining how they should react if someone tried to force them into a vehicle or grab them, it seems they were.

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You see, six-year-old Ken’Adi just proved it recently, when she escaped an abduction attempt right in front of her house.

The little girl was on the pavement in front of her house, taking out some trash, while her father was inside the house and her mother was putting away some groceries.

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That’s when a stranger walked pass the 6-year-old and without even saying a word, he grabbed her by the hand and started walking away with her.

But Ken’Adi knew this was not right. She knew the man was a stranger and that she didn’t want to follow him. So, she tried to get away.

As the Nashes’ doorbell camera captured on video, the girl tried to run away from the man, but he grabbed her hand again. that’s when she started screaming.

Eventually, he let go of her.

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“He just let go of me because I screamed,” Ken’Adi told ABC News in an exclusive interview.

Once the 6-year-old was safely back in her house, she told her parents what had happened. Her father could not let the man go just like that. He had to confront him for attempting to kidnap his little girl.

So, he ran to his car and followed the suspect.

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“I just jumped in the car to make sure he wouldn’t get away,” Nash told Fox News. “She was obviously safe with us, and I wanted to make sure that he didn’t go down the street and attempt to take another kid.”

Soon, he encountered the man, who gave him a “dark stare”. He told him he should be ashamed of himself and that he hoped he’d soon get what he deserved.

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Indeed, the suspect, Deric McPherson, 33, was later arrested by the local police and accused of abduction and gross sexual imposition.

The Nashes are happy that their little girl is safe with them, but they are sure it was all thanks to the “stranger danger” talk they have previously had with their girls.

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As this story proved, an abduction can even take place right out of a child’s house in the middle of the day, so a kid who knows what to do in a similar situation has about 30% chance of safely returning home because they will probably scare away the perpetrator.

Experts urge parents to have this conversation with their kids as early as possible.

Callahan Walsh, who’s a Child advocate at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, explained to GMA:

“She did everything right in this case. She was kicking, screaming, pulling away. It’s exactly what we teach kids what to do when a would-be abductor tries to grab them. In fact, there’s a lot to learn from these attempted abductions.”

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Watch the video captured on the family’s doorbell camera below!

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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