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Pregnant woman risks her life to rescue 4-year-old boy

Pregnant Woman Risks Her Life to Rescue 4-Year-Old Boy

OKLAHOMA CITY – A woman who is 36 weeks pregnant went above and beyond, risking her safety to save a stranger, KFOR reports.

That stranger was a little boy in need of help.

It's a mystery what the four-year-old boy with autism had on his mind when he ran away from Monroe Elementary, and it was a mystery mother-to-be who risked it all to rescue him.

"To put her life second, her child's life second, to save another child, it's incredible," said Joel Decker.

Decker lives near the busy intersection where the little boy was wandering, 50th St. and Villa.

"Traffic is unbelievable," said Decker. "Stop signs get run constantly."

The woman noticed the child near the busy intersection.

Reports say he tried to run from her, but she went after him. All the while, he was kicking and scared. She kept him still and safe until police arrived and realized he belonged at the school.

"It could have been a real tragedy," said Sam Lasala.

A parent himself, Lasala was stunned to hear a similar scenario played out at the same school, one week later.

A kindergartener ran away and made it to the busy intersection of May Ave. and 50th St.

"That's a lot further. Wow. That's horrible," said Decker.

We wanted to know just how long these kids were gone.

So reporters walked it themselves. From the elementary school to Villa and 50th St. was a four minute walk.

From the school to May Ave and 50th St., it was a ten minute walk.

That's if the children took the same path and walked the same pace.

One thing is certain, they had to pass a lot of fast cars.

As for the mystery mom to be, she sent this message: "... I just did what I would hope anyone would do! I'm not at all looking for any recognition..."

The community sends her a message as well.

"That's an amazing thing that she did, and that's an amazing human being," said Decker.

Contrary to what police say, the Oklahoma City Public School District says the child with autism ran away during a bathroom break.

Their statement is below:

"We are grateful that our schools have supportive citizens who care about our students and were able to assist Monroe Elementary staff in locating the student. The incident on May 5th happened when the teacher opened the classroom door to allow students a bathroom break; at that time the student in question ran down the hallway and out of the building. A separate incident happened Monday morning right at the start of the school day, a Monroe kindergarten student was given permission by a teacher to go to the restroom but instead left the building. The school's principal located the student, addressed the issue with staff and has made security improvements to prevent similar occurrences from happening again." –Tierney Tinnin, OKCPS Spokesperson

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Happy May 16 2014 at 11:46 PM

Why were the little ones running away, and why would a 4 yr old with autism be sent to the rest room alone anywhere. especially in a school,, check this place out parents,

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exitscreaming May 16 2014 at 4:25 PM

Typical AOL..." it was a mystery mom who risked it all to rescue him .." really? risked it all ? because the boy was found wandering "near" a busy intersection ? I salute the woman for helping out like she did but exaggerating with that headline just to get more clicks/ad revenue is pathetic

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spock4777 exitscreaming May 16 2014 at 5:27 PM

You don't consider her risking her life and the life of her unborn child as risking it all?

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pllove49 spock4777 May 16 2014 at 5:37 PM

Oh for cripes sake...did you hear she was on complete bed rest and on her way to doctor when she spied the little kid and jumped out of her still moving car,doged two or three mac trucks..jumped over a tall building etc etc... or something...

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traysteph23 spock4777 May 16 2014 at 6:03 PM

How did she risk her life? Being at a busy road does not automatically put your life at risk.

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Susan exitscreaming May 16 2014 at 7:55 PM

She is nine months pregnant. I don't know. I think she took a risk. Why not just let this go without making fun of it? Why is it always necessary for people to make fun of everything? Are we all so bored with our own lives that we have to nit-pick like this? I think the best thing about this story is that the woman asked that they not share her name or picture. In this day and age, where everyone is looking for their 15 minutes of fame, I find that refreshing.

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gramargo Susan May 16 2014 at 10:07 PM

When I was very pregnant, I doubt I'd have been able to catch up with that scared child at all. Also, I never did make it to quite 9 months, what with 2 children arriving 9 days early and the others 6 days early. I must congratulate this woman for being courageous enough to handle the situation. From what that man said, people do a lot of stop sign running, and one of them could easily have hit her or the child.

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theomegaman72 Susan May 16 2014 at 10:35 PM

Bizarre that you consider what I said " making fun of it "

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arosienose 1 May 16 2014 at 4:12 PM

where the hell were the aides watching these children and why didn't they know that someone was missing for 5 or 10 minutesl.

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David arosienose 1 May 16 2014 at 7:09 PM

I'm sure YOUR guess is as GOOD as anyone else's. I think sometimes some of us may be SO busy (I can put MYSELF in this group), we will NOT be noticing WHO is trying to walk away from us.

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exitca May 16 2014 at 3:53 PM

They need to increase security at the school. When 2 Kindergartner children and leave the school grounds and no one notices, there is something seriously wrong.

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Alexis Elizabeth May 16 2014 at 3:32 PM

Somebody who was in charge wasn't doing their job very well if these children were able to just walk away from the school and get so far away before they were found. Somebody needs to be fined or fired, maybe both!!!

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jimormarylosc May 16 2014 at 3:15 PM

a full time hall monitor might help. speed limit around the school needs to be lowered when childern are in or out of school. speed limit needs to be strickly enforced, not one mph over the limit. full complete stop at stop signs. write as many tickets as possible,believe me this works, drivers will creep along, the word gets out.

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theomegaman72 May 16 2014 at 2:33 PM

Glad the child is ok but I must have missed the part where she risked her life

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MaryJMartin theomegaman72 May 16 2014 at 5:33 PM

She could have just stood there and watch the child walk into traffic. Did you really need her to risk her life out right? Seems like you miss alot.

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theomegaman72 MaryJMartin May 16 2014 at 6:19 PM

You seemed to have missed that you just agreed with what I said. Thank you.

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Susan theomegaman72 May 16 2014 at 7:59 PM

Ever been 9 months pregnant? I didn't think so.

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bigred8690 May 16 2014 at 2:24 PM

Although most people would cringe at the possibility that she endangered her unborn child, sometimes people can have an odd sense that they will be protected.

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kaizenconsultant May 16 2014 at 2:18 PM

Dear Tierney Tinnin:

As a concerned parent, could I ask you WHEN you will take some preventive action so that such things NEVER happen? After all, I strongly suspect that you are there on taxpayers’ money? Isn’t that right? May be you are waiting for that day when a child DOES get run over and killed, or worse still, gets maimed for life, and you will have the opportunity to hog all the national limelight and declare all those preventive measures that you will then take to demonstrate how great you are? Yes, a child, that you are NOT the parent of, MUST die for you to act. Please confirm!

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Kenny kaizenconsultant May 16 2014 at 2:56 PM

NOT what this is about............go protest somewhere IDIOT

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Gina May 16 2014 at 1:38 PM

What she did was wonderful, a mother seeing a child in danger regardless whether it was her child or not. I would have done the same thing. As for this school, if I was that child's parent I would have given them hell big time, its obvious this was not the first time a child from that school walked out and had the same thing happen. They need to review their procedures and make sure every child in that school is accounted for all the time.

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