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Two 12-year-old girls saved by churchgoers from Tampa abduction

Churchgoers in Tampa rescue two kidnapped 12-year-old girls after saying ‘help me, this isn’t my father’

  • A mother may have prevented two children from being kidnapped in FishHawk
  • One of the girls in the company of a man muttered ‘help me, this is not my father’
  • Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Brandon’s 37-year-old David Daniels on two charges of false detention of a child and child abuse

Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Brandon's 37-year-old David Daniels on two charges of false detention of a child and child abuse

Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Brandon’s 37-year-old David Daniels on two charges of false detention of a child and child abuse

A mother may have saved the lives of two children after she saw a mouth that said ‘help me, this is not my father’ when she was accompanied by a man posing as her father.

The two underage girls were leaving Cherry’s Bar and Grill in FishHawk’s park plaza in Tampa on Sunday night when David Daniels, 37, approached them and said he would “watch” their walk home.

Daniels reportedly started hitting one of the girls multiple times on the head and holding the other one, continuing to follow them.

The officers said both children believed they were kidnapped.

The girls, who had never met Daniels before, jumped on their bikes and rode to a nearby church to ask for help.

Daniels then allegedly followed the girls into the church, claiming they were his daughters.

The woman who entered was outside the church when she realized something was wrong.

The girls jumped on their bikes and rode to a nearby church to ask for help.  Daniels allegedly followed the girls into church and claimed they were his daughters

The girls jumped on their bikes and rode to a nearby church to ask for help. Daniels allegedly followed the girls into church and claimed they were his daughters

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“I don’t want any credit for this,” said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous. ‘I don’t want to be a hero. I just did what I hope someone would do for my own children’

“One of the little girls said to me, ‘Please help me, this isn’t my father,'” the woman said, not wanting to be identified. FOX13

The woman welcomed Daniels and the girls to church and played along with his story.

He talked a little over her, right behind her, put his arm around her neck and said something in her ear, saying, ‘We just moved here, we just want to see how we can help to do whatever you do. said the woman.

But when she asked him where he had moved from, Daniels said he wasn’t sure.

Others at the church, warned by the woman, managed to keep Daniels busy until they called 911.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested David Daniels, 37, of Brandon on two charges of false detention of a child and child abuse.

“I don’t want any credit for this,” the woman said. ‘I don’t want to be a hero. I just did what I hope someone would do for my own children.’

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

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