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Florida mother THWARTS alleged kidnapping attempt after ‘getting a bad feeling’

Woman thwarts ‘abduction attempt’ after seeing man follow two girls on their bikes and a child said to her: ‘Please help me, this isn’t my father’

  • David Daniels, 37, of Brandon, Florida, reportedly followed two girls under the age of 12 as they left a restaurant around 6:00 PM on June 12.
  • He allegedly told the girls that he would ‘supervise’ them on the way home
  • Shortly after, he allegedly hit one of the girls in the head as he continued to follow them into FishHawk Ranch
  • The two girls pulled over their bikes when they saw a woman standing outside a nearby church begging for help as he reportedly held one in a stranglehold.
  • The woman at the church, who was not identified by name, had a conversation with him until she got a chance to call 911
  • Daniels faces two charges, each of false imprisonment of a child and child abuse, and is being held on $104,000 bail

A Florida mother foiled an apparent kidnapping attempt last weekend after she saw a man following two young girls on a bicycle and got a bad feeling.

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office official says David Daniels, 37, of Brandon, began tracking two girls under the age of 12 around 6 p.m. on June 12 as they exited Cherry’s Bar and Grill in the FishHawk Ranch park plaza.

Daniels is said to have told the girls that he would “supervise” their way home.

“He didn’t know these kids, and these kids certainly didn’t know him,” said Jessica Lang, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. WFLA

Shortly after, she said, Daniels hit one of the girls on the head as he continued to follow them.

“Luckily, your kids stayed together and rode their bikes to a nearby church and asked an adult for help,” Lang said of the mother standing outside the church that night.

Immediately, the woman said she felt something was wrong, according to… Fox news.

“One of the little girls said to me, ‘Please help me, this isn’t my father.'”

David Daniels, 37, of Brandon, Florida, was arrested on June 12 on two counts, each of false detention of a child and child abuse after allegedly following two girls under the age of 12 from a restaurant, hitting one in the head and was detained.  one in a stranglehold

David Daniels, 37, of Brandon, Florida, was arrested on June 12 on two counts, each of false detention of a child and child abuse after allegedly following two girls under the age of 12 from a restaurant, hitting one in the head and was detained. one in a stranglehold

At that point, the woman—who was not named—said that Daniels put one of the girls in a stranglehold and whispered something in her ear.

He then reportedly turned his attention back to the church-going mother, telling her that they had just moved to the area and were looking to help.

The woman said she then decided to invite them to church until she had a chance to call the police for help.

“I talked to him,” she said VOS 13. “I said, ‘Oh that’s nice. Where did you come from?’

“He said, ‘Oh, I’m not really sure.”‘

By the time deputies arrived that night, they said they’d found him back to the center and were able to arrest him on two counts, each of false detention of a child and child abuse.

Daniels is now being held in the Hillsborough County Jail on a $104,000 bond.

It is unclear whether he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

Meanwhile, the Good Samaritan says she doesn’t want credit for what she’s done.

Authorities say the girls pulled their bikes to a nearby church (pictured) where a woman was standing outside, and they begged for help

Authorities say the girls pulled their bikes to a nearby church (pictured) where a woman was standing outside, and they begged for help

The girls reportedly left Cherry's Bar and Frill in FishHawk's park square when Daniels started following them.

The girls reportedly left Cherry’s Bar and Frill in FishHawk’s park square when Daniels started following them.

“I don’t want to be a hero,” she said. “I was just doing what I hope someone would do for my own children.”

“There are mothers who are like me. They will recognize the signs and they will know what to do,” she added, adding: “At the time, I didn’t know if I would have the right answer.

‘But [the children] it’s going well, and they’re home today.’

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