A brave little girl might have saved her mother’s life when she delivered a handwritten plea of help to an adult soon after arriving to East Feliciana Middle School in Clinton, Louisiana.
As the CNN reports, a woman, who was being held against her will “for at least a couple of weeks” by three “family acquaintances,” slipped a torn notebook page in her 11-year-old daughter’s bag when she was leaving for school. The child was living with her mother and the relatives in a trailer parked on the Folly Brown Road.
“It's very alarming when a student shows up with a note asking for help,” explained Sheriff Jeff Travis.
He said the school’s superintendent, Carlos Sam, contacted him shortly after 8 a.m. to share the contents of the mother’s disturbing note. The letter did not provide any specific details, but it clearly insinuated that the woman was scared and needed help.
“She couldn't leave,” Travis added. “She needed someone to get her out of the situation and she couldn't talk on the phone.”
Three hours later, law enforcement officials from East Feliciana Parish and nearby Dixon Correctional Institute, Jackson, were knocking on the trailer’s door.
At first, no one answered, so Travis sent a deputy to obtain a warrant. The officers later found two more women in the mobile home along with the little girl’s mother. The other occupants were the mother and grandmother of woman’s boyfriend Donald Ray Guy, who was reportedly hiding in a closet.
Interestingly, the alleged kidnapper is not unfamiliar to the local authorities. Guy has at least three outstanding warrants on domestic abuse, battery and failure to appear in court. The police had been unable to serve it to him because he ran away when they approached him.
He has now been booked into East Feliciana Parish Prison and is facing counts of domestic abuse, battery and false imprisonment.
Meanwhile, the mother and daughter have been reunited.