A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door opening and their 5-year-old daughter talking.
When the father rushed outside in his pajama pants and hoodie he saw the terrifying sight of his 5-year-old stepdaughter in the arms of a stranger who was carrying her away across the front lawn. The man had snatched the girl out of her bed in the basement moments earlier after coming in the house through an unlocked door, police said.
The father confronted the man, demanding that he give the girl back. Without a fight, the intruder handed her over, and then fled the scene.
“There was a man in my home and he took my 5-year-old daughter,” said the mother, crying, in a 911 call moments later. “I happened to wake up and he had my daughter outside. My husband ran out there and got her from him. But he took my daughter.”