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Hero Step-Father Saves 5 Year old Daughter From Kidnapper Who Snatched Her From Her Bed

November 8, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Hero Step-Father Saves 5 Year old Daughter From Kidnapper Who Snatched Her From Her Bed Troy Morley - Image courtesy of ABC7news.com

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A hero stepfather in Utah rescued his five-year-old step-daughter from the grip of a would-be kidnapper who took her from her own bed in the middle of the night.

The terrifying incident took place Friday morning around 4:30 a.m.

Police say 46-year-old Troy Morley illegally entered a home, went through several rooms and “rummaged through some items,” according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

The report states that Morley went into the basement where he found the  5-year-old girl sleeping in her bed..

“Morley awoken the child when he seized her” from the bed and carried her upstairs and out the front door.

One neighbor told reporters she could hear the girl scream, “No, no, no.” She then saw a shadow run by her house.

The girl’s parents woke up when they heard their front door opening. Her stepfather rushed outside and discovered his daughter with the man.

‘What are you doing, that’s my daughter, you’re not taking her!’ the father screamed.

“When the father confronted Troy, he gave the child back to the father and fled from the scene,” according to police. During the confrontation, the girl’s mother was inside making a frantic 911 call.

“There was a man in my home and he took my 5-year-old daughter,” an emotional Stephanie Edson told the 911 dispatcher. “He came in my home. My daughter sleeps in the basement, and took my daughter out of the basement,” she said in a quivering voice.

The distraught mother repeated several times that a stranger had walked into her house and taken her child.

“(Morley) was saying that he’s messed up, and someone’s going to hurt him or something. But he took my daughter from my house,” she said in tears. “He said something about he was going to get shot so he took my daughter. I don’t know.

“We heard the front door open and I heard (my daughter) talking,” she told the dispatcher before apparently turning to her now-retrieved daughter: “Are you OK, honey?”

Responding officers from the Sandy Police Department set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and began searching for the intruder.

Morley entered a second house through a dog door that leads into the basement said Sandy Police Sgt. Dean Carriger.

Tina Olsen was home at the time and said she heard what she thought was her dog downstairs, so she went to investigate.

“I went downstairs, and he was crouched up kind of by the back door with no shirt on. And he just said like, ‘Am I bad? Am I in trouble?’ I just started screaming and ran up the stairs and told my husband, ‘There’s a man in the house,'” she said.

Morley then ran out the door where he was confronted in a fenced backyard by police K-9 units. One of the dogs was sent in after him after he refused to follow the officers’ commands.

The dog bit Morley in the right shoulder and upper arm, according to the jail report. Officers then took him into custody, Carriger said. Morley was taken to a local hospital to be treated for dog bite injuries.

He was arrested and charged with child kidnapping, burglary, trespassing, interfering with an arrest and failing to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer.

At the girl’s house, reporters watched as the parents returned home with the mother clutching her daughter tightly in her arms.

Through tears and still shaking, she told reporters that her daughter was OK and went inside.

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