“My grandma and aunt taught us to do what we did,” Chance said.
He said it was “scary” after seeing the man wasn’t trying to park the car but was instead trying to steal it.
Chance said he initially thought the man was a valet at the hospital. His sister said she thought the man looked like a homeless person or someone waiting for a bus.
“I think about what could have happened if I hadn’t been there,” Chance said. “I didn’t want my sister to get hurt because I love her.”
His sister said she’s been scared at night since the incident.
“I can still see him getting into the car and my grandma getting dragged,” Skylar said.
“It was traumatic for me because I saw my grandma getting hurt and the guy was trying to take me.”
Their grandmother, Nita Coburn, 69, said Chance and Skylar “love each other and look out for each other.”
“I’m just glad it’s over,” Coburn said.
She received minor injuries after being dragged during the incident. She said she did not realize the car locks did not lock if the key was still in the ignition.
Since the incident, Coburn said she has tried not to think about what happened, but admitted she has.
“I’m in awe of what happened,” she said. “I believe these things can happen but I can’t believe it would happen to me.”
Coburn said she has talked to her grandchildren about being aware of their surroundings at all times. She also said they have a rule that the grandchildren need to be in sight of each other.
She described the incident as “horrible,” adding, “it’s the most horrifying feeling in the world and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone in the world.”
Coburn praised Kirby, Engleka and Atrium’s security officers. She was also happy to learn that Kirby patrols her neighborhood. Since the incident, Kirby has checked in with the family, Coburn said.
The children, who are students at Miller Ridge Elementary, will be enrolling next fall at Middletown Christian School, Coburn said. Chance, a second-grader, said he wants to be a firefighter, while his sister Skylar, a fourth-graders said she wants to be a pastor.
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The incident has caught the attention of the local and national media and at the Statehouse.
State Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp. said he and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, are planning to invite both children to the Statehouse to be commended on the Senate floor.
“Heroes are those who place themselves at risk in order to protect others. Senator (Steve) Wilson (R-Maineville) and I are so happy to know that we have heroes with us right here at home,” Coley said.
Muterspaw also said the Division of Police will be recognizing Blue’s quick action to save himself and his sister and a special event is being planned for both children.
Singh, 24, of Middletown, was charged with two counts of kidnapping, a second-degree felony; grand theft, a fourth-degree felony; assault, a fist-degree misdemeanor; and misdemeanor charge for no operator’s license. He was scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. Friday for a preliminary hearing in Middletown Municipal Court. Singh was being held in the Middletown City Jail under a $200,000 bond.
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