Middletown kids who escaped alleged carjacker to be Fourth of July grand marshals

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8-year-old boy saves sister in recent carjacking incident at Atrium Medical Center

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An 8-year-old Middletown boy and his 10-year-old sister are about to have a memorable week.

On Saturday afternoon, Chance Blue, his sister, Skylar Weaver, and their great-grandmother, Nita Coburn, will attend the Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game at Great American Ball Park with members of the Middletown Division of Police.

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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.

When Middletown holds its Fourth of July Parade, Chance and Skylar will serve as grand marshals, said parade organizer Jeri Lewis.

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 and greet Middletown native Kyle Schwarber, who plays left field for the Cubs, before the 4:10 p.m. game.

Chance and Skylar made national headlines on April 25. On that day, Dalvir Singh, 24, of Middletown, allegedly entered the car in which Chance and Skylar were sitting. Coburn, 69, had gotten out of the car to help their aunt into Atrium Medical Center.

Chance helped his sister escape the car as Singh tried to drive away with them in it, according to police. Coburn, meanwhile, was dragged on the other side while trying to stop Singh, police said.

She received minor injuries from the incident.

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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.