A Tallahassee woman and her two-year-old son were kidnapped from a day care center parking lot Wednesday morning. Within hours, deputies two counties away spotted the fleeing car and stopped it. The man is in jail; the woman and child are safe and a witness, though only 12-years-old may be the one who saved them.
It all started at the Little Red School House on Highway 20. At 6:45, as a woman pulled up to drop off her two year old son, an ex boyfriend pulled up in a pick up. Twelve-year-old Brittany Hughes describes what happened next.
"He came and shoved her in the car and then came back around and got in, and she was beeping the horn and screaming for help," Brittany says.
The GMC Jimmy sped off. Within minutes, deputies roped off the day care center and put out a radio bulletin for the car. The day care center employees were left to worry about the two-year-old and his mother.
"That's all we could think about was what he was going to do to her and to the child. It wasn't his child," says Denise Paschall, owner of Little Red Schoolhouse.
Deputies in Franklin County spotted the GMS Jimmy on Highway 98 between Carrabelle and Eastpoint. The driver, 23-year-old Kevin Herrin, was arrested right there, and the woman and toddler, though scared, were rescued unharmed.
"We were literally in tears since this happened, and we were so glad that he was caught, and I hope he stays there for a long, long time," says Denise.
Herrin's truck still sits outside the day care center with a picture of him and the woman he's now accused of kidnapping sitting right on the dash.