Two Cousins Run To The Rescue To Save A Toddler And Her Unconscious Mother

The cousins stepped up and saved the day.

Ohio men save mother and child
Photo Credit: Fox 8 screenshot

| January 02 2019,

5:01 pm

A Maple Heights, Ohio, woman and child is alive today because of the quick thinking of two good samaritans. 

Latonya Perry and her 3-year-old daughter were found by two cousins driving home along Raymond Street in Maple Heights last Sunday. Perry was lying unconscious in the front doorway of her home while her child sat on top of her, reports Fox 8. 

The two men, 26-year-old Rayfield Hallman and his 18-year-old cousin, Stephen Wood, jumped into action.  

"Is the baby OK?” asked the dispatcher.

“Yeah, she's just been crying, 'I don't know what's wrong with my mommy, I don't know what's wrong with my mommy.' She's laid out right now, I don't know what's going on," responded Hallman.

After calling 911, Wood put the small child in their car to warm her up and keep her safe until authorities arrived on scene.  

"Put the girl in the car, got her warm, then checked on the mother. She was unconscious, she wasn't responding, nothing," Wood told Fox 8.

When they saw the mother, they noticed the child was alone in the dark. It is not clear how long she was left unattended, but reports state it was sometime around 5:30 p.m. when the cousins saw Perry. CBS Philadelphia reports Hallman attempted to call out to Perry from his car but the woman did not respond. 

Then, he and his cousin got out. 

"It was very cold out, dark outside, so ain't no telling how the little girl was thinking at the time, not being able to do anything for herself or her mother," Hallman told Fox 8.

Perry suffered a seizure of unknown causes. She said it was the first time something like this happened to her.

"Me and my 3-year-old daughter was on our way to the store and that's all I remember. And the next thing I know, I woke up in the hospital with my family surrounding me," Perry said.

Emergency responders arrived and she was transported to Marymount Hospital where she spent Christmas recovering. Despite this, she is thankful to be ok. Perry graciously thanked the two men for coming to her rescue and saving her child. 

“I'm just glad I was just able to recognize the situation and be a blessing to your life," Hallman told Perry. “I'm glad you're OK."

Hallman and Wood were commended by Maple Heights Police and celebrated for their heroics on that Sunday evening. 



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