Two 12-year-old girls saved by churchgoers from Tampa abduction


Two 12-year-old girls are saved by churchgoers from Tampa abduction after one mouths ‘help me, this is not my dad’

  • A mother may have stopped two children from being kidnapped in FishHawk
  • One of the girls in the company of a man mouthed ‘help me, this is not my dad’ 
  • Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 37-year-old David Daniels of Brandon on two counts of false imprisonment of a child and child abuse 

Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 37-year-old David Daniels of Brandon on two counts of false imprisonment of a child and child abuse

Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 37-year-old David Daniels of Brandon on two counts of false imprisonment of a child and child abuse

A mother may have saved the lives of two children after spotting one mouthing ‘help me, this is not my dad’ when escorted by a man pretending to be her father.

The two underage girls were leaving Cherry’s Bar and Grill in FishHawk’s park square in Tampa on Sunday night when 37-year-old David Daniels approached them and said he’d ‘supervise’ their walk home.

Daniels reportedly began hitting one of the girls over the head multiple times and put the other in a headlock, continuing to follow them.

Deputies said both kids believed they were being kidnapped.

The girls, who had never met Daniels before, jumped on their bikes and rode towards a nearby church to ask for help.

Daniels then allegedly followed the girls into the church and claimed they were his daughters.

The woman who stepped in was outside the church when she realized something was wrong. 

The girls jumped on their bikes and rode towards a nearby church to ask for help. Daniels allegedly followed the girls into the church and claimed they were his daughters

The girls jumped on their bikes and rode towards a nearby church to ask for help. Daniels allegedly followed the girls into the church and claimed they were his daughters

'I don't want any recognition for this,' said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous. 'I don't want to be a hero. I just did what I hope anybody would do for my own kids'

‘I don’t want any recognition for this,’ said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous. ‘I don’t want to be a hero. I just did what I hope anybody would do for my own kids’

‘One of the little girls was mouthing to me, “Please help me, this is not my dad,”‘ the woman, who did not want to be identified, told FOX13.  

The woman welcomed Daniels and the girls to church, playing along with his story.

‘He was kind of talking over her, right behind her, putting his arm around her neck and saying something in her ear, saying, “We just moved here, we just want to see how we can help do whatever you’re doing,”‘ said the woman.

But when she asked him where he had moved from, Daniels said he wasn’t sure.

Others at the church, alerted by the woman, managed to keep Daniels occupied until they called 911.

Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 37-year-old David Daniels of Brandon on two counts of false imprisonment of a child and child abuse.

‘I don’t want any recognition for this,’ said the woman. ‘I don’t want to be a hero. I just did what I hope anybody would do for my own kids.’

Daniels is being held in the Hillsborough County Jail on $104,000 bond.

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