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Elementary school crossing guard saves California girl from would-be kidnapper

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LOS ANGELES — A California community is praising an elementary school crossing guard as a hero after she saved an 8-year-old student from her would-be kidnapper.

On Aug. 16, Adrian Young at work when 50-year-old Maria Ramirez approached the young girl, grabbed her hand and attempted to take her. That’s when Young was able to grab the girl’s arm and free her from Ramirez’s grasp, according to KABC.

“The little girl just started screaming, she was like, ‘Please, don’t let her take me, I don’t know her, she’s not my mom,'” Young said. “I just told her to grab onto me as tight as she could, and I held onto her and the lady just began to attack me, so I just thought about attacking her to make sure she can’t take this little girl.”

Police and community leaders recognized Young for her bravery on Wednesday, but she said she was just doing what any mother would do in the situation.

Ramirez is charged with attempted kidnapping and is jail on a $100,000 bail.