A 7-year-old Chicago boy saved a 10-year-old girl from being abducted on the city’s Southwest Side. 

From ABC 7:

It happened at about 5:30 Thursday night in the 6900 block of South California Avenue in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

Kaylen Woodard is just a regular 7-year-old boy who says he knew it was up to him to help his friend not be kidnapped, though Saturday night police are warning people in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood to be on alert, while also reminding parents to not let their kids play outside unattended.

Police say the man tried to take the girl into a white convertible with red seats. The 7-year-old boy tried to help the girl but the man hit him. Neither child was hurt.

“She was riding her scooter. I was riding my bike,” 6-year-old Kaylen said.

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Last Thursday, Kaylen and his next door neighbor Marcy were playing after school. They weren’t even 20 feet from their homes when a stranger got out of his car and tried to snatch Marcy.

Kaylen tried to fight the man off his friend.  “The only way she got away is because I kicked him in the back of the leg and the outside of his leg,” he told ABC 7. Marcy’s mom says she had just gone to check on her daughter when she saw her frantically running towards the house.

Both families immediately called police after hearing about the incident.

He put himself in harm’s way to protect the life of another child. What a hero.

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