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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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mymichimichi May 16 2014 at 5:54 AM

I was a guest at a school once and while I was in the office by the front door, a kindergartener all of a sudden ran down the hall and bolted through the front door. The secretary immediately got up and ran after him and I followed. By the time we got out there, he was already all the way down the school driveway, off the property, and turning the corner. Honestly, there would have been no way for us to catch him. Apparently, he was a repeat offender and has run home before. Her only option at that point was to place a call to the parent. There's no happy way to solve this situation. Even if he had been caught and physically dragged back, someone would have claimed "assault". Schools are not prisons. The doors can't be locked to keep the children in (safety issue too - what if there was a fire?) Maybe this falls to the parent telling their children that they must stay in school.

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cybtravel mymichimichi May 16 2014 at 8:01 AM

How about a child safety lock on the door? Adults and even taller children can reach it but not the tiny ones. They aren't that expensive.

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vampiegal May 16 2014 at 8:44 AM

They need to put a PTA mom at the door during the time kids use bathroom, the same way they help in lunchroom.

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idodeco2 May 16 2014 at 8:41 AM

What a wonderful thing this woman did! There are a lot of ways to pay things forward in this life.

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Epignosisgrace May 16 2014 at 8:39 AM

Thank God for that woman and her selflessness not only of herself, but also of her unborn baby within her! Thank God the helpless little child was not physically injured!!!

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GAMMASLOTH May 16 2014 at 8:22 AM


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pllove49 May 16 2014 at 8:15 AM

I'm so glad there's some younger folk with a good head on their shoulders...I'm old and flat wore out! Saved a couple of kids myself a time or two..sure wish those schools would get their act together...bathroom in class..teachers aide..heck they ought to be able to think of something..

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josyll2 May 16 2014 at 8:06 AM

Call it MATERNAL INSTINCT. God bless her.

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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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Mrs. Santa May 16 2014 at 7:04 AM

Parents trust the schools they send their children to. The schools should take every meqasure to insure the safety and well being of each child they are responsible for. With that said if anything happens to a child while in the care/control/custody of the school then the school is 110% totaly RESPONSIBLE and LIABLE. Looks to me that the school would put a fence up to protect the children not only from them running out in the street but also from sickos coming in. This school sounds very vunerable to me and it needs to be addressed before they really have to pay out some. Trust me if my child went there and it got out and hit by a car, I would so sue that school and the board because this has now been made public and they can't use the old antage "We didn't know there was a problem".

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conquerfood May 16 2014 at 8:47 AM

Story keeps telling me there are so many good people in the world (unsung hereos and heroines) and I'm hoping the good guys win over the bad ones. .

Let's all commit an act of kindness today. Pass it on.

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