‘It’s been crazy’: Family describes attention after Middletown boy saved his sister from alleged carjacker

Nita Coburn couldn’t have known how her life would change two months ago during a visit to Atrium Medical Center.

When she got out of her car to help her aunt in the hospital, she left her two great-grandchildren, Skylar Weaver, 10, and Chance Blue, 8, in the running vehicle. That’s when Dalvir Singh, 24, of Middletown, allegedly got into vehicle and started to drive away. Chance grabbed his sister and pulled her out of the car, while Coburn was dragged on the other side while trying to stop Singh, Middletown police said.

For rescuing his sister, Chance was labeled a “hero” by several people, and since then, the siblings have made national headlines.

In the next week, they will attend their first Cincinnati Reds baseball game with Middletown police officers, be recognized by a local church and serve as grand marshals of the city’s July 4th Parade.

“It’s been crazy” is how Coburn, 69, described the attention.

But she said it’s deserved, especially considering the kids’ “tough life” growing up.

Coburn and her two great-grandchildren will attend the Reds vs. Chicago Cubs baseball game this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. She went out this week and purchased Reds T-shirts for the kids to wear.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the department will buy the family dinner and cover any additional expenses at the game.

Middletown native Tim Parks purchased the 75 field-level tickets for the police officers and their families.

“I grew up during a time when people looked up to officers and respected them,” said Parks, a 1981 Middletown Christian School graduate. “Everyone wanted to be a police officer or fireman back then.”

Parks said the Reds have helped arrange an opportunity for the officers and their families to meet Middletown native Kyle Schwarber, who plays left field for the Cubs, before the 4:10 p.m. game.

Then on Sunday, Chance will be honored at Berachah Church as part of its First Responders Day. The families of the late Police Lt. George Jeffrey and Fire Capt. Don Hardin also will be honored during the 11 a.m. Sunday service, said Pastor Lamar Ferrell.

Following a 10-delay to locate a Punjabi translator, Singh was arraigned on June 7 on two counts of kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, and a count of robbery, a second-degree felony, in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

His bond remained at $250,000 and he’s being held in the Warren County Jail.

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