Kidnapper Snatches 5-Year-Old Girl from Her Bed, But Never Expected What Happened as He Fled

We’ve all heard the horror stories of children kidnapped from their own beds. We know about Elizabeth Smart, who endured months of torment but was eventually rescued, and Polly Klass, murdered by her kidnapper. It happened again last week to a Utah couple, Aaron and Stephanie Edson. Stephanie heard a noise in the middle of the night and alerted her husband who rushed outside to confront the kidnapper. She told police:

There was a man in my home and he took my 5-year-old daughter…I happened to wake up and he had my daughter outside and my husband ran out there and got her from him. But he took my 5-year-old daughter.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported:

Sandy police Sgt. Dean Carriger said that it appears the suspect — a stranger to the family — had been “roaming the neighborhood, checking their doors” when he found an unlocked at the home near 10600 S. Rembrandt Lane (90 East) about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

The intruder then went downstairs, came across the sleeping girl and took her from her bedroom. The parents woke up due to noise made by the man as he opened the front door. The child’s stepfather went to investigate and saw the man carrying the child across the lawn and away from the home.

Carriger said the stepfather, screamed words to the effect, “What are you doing, that’s my daughter, you’re not taking her!,” and confronted the suspect, who relinquished the child and ran away as the parents called 911.

Police brought in a K-9 unit and arrested the suspect, 48-year-old Troy Morley, an hour later. He was hiding in the home of a neighbor.

Aaron Edson later told Fox & Friends he and his wife believe it was “Divine Providence” that nudged Stephanie awake that night.

We truly believe God is the hero here. He gave my wife the presence of mind to know what to do. He gave me the presence of mind to have the right attitude even though I would never be that way in any normal circumstance and He brought her safely home.

He also credited his wife for her good instincts:

She just had a sense. Learn to trust your wife’s “mothers’ intuition.” It’s the way to go.

Fortunately, the 5-year-old was uninjured and is recovering from the incident.

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