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  1. (Reuters) - A 13-year-old girl’s escape from a rural home where she was held captive for three months by a Wisconsin man charged with murdering her parents helped break the case and she should be treated as a hero, the local sheriff said on Friday. Jayme Closs is with her aunt after her rescue on Thursday and has been reunited with the rest of her family and her dog, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters. Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement officers had searched the small town of Barron after Closs’ parents were found shot dead in their home in October, their front door blown open with a shotgun, their daughter gone. Closs was targeted by suspected kidnapper Jake Patterson, 21, who carefully planned her parents’ murder, even shaving his head to avoid leaving forensic evidence at the crime scene, Fitzgerald told reporters. “Jayme was the target,” said Fitzgerald. “The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and went to great lengths to prepare to take her.” Relying on what Fitzgerald called “the will of a kid to survive,” a disheveled Closs escaped the house in the tiny town of Gordon where she had been held captive, about 60 miles (100 km) north of her home in Barron. Her captor was not at home when she managed to flee, Fitzgerald said. She was found by a woman walking her dog on Thursday afternoon. “Jayme is the hero in this case. She’s the one who helped us break this case,” Fitzgerald told reporters. Source
  2. Man shown scaling four floors within a few seconds to help a boy hanging in mid-air A man has been filmed climbing a Paris building to save a four-year-old dangling from a balcony. Video shows the man's heroic actions as he scaled four floors in the space of just a few seconds at around 8pm on Saturday. The man, whose identity is not known, clambered up the front of a building on rue Marx Dormoy in the 18th arrondissement of the French capital to help a child suspended in mid-air, according to Le Parisien. Footage posted on social media shows a transfixed crowd gathered beneath the scene cheering and whooping as the man riskd his life to rescue the child. Video of the episode has been viewed more than two million times on social media. Firefighters were called to the incident and attended to both the child and rescuer, who were both suffering from shock. The young man is said to have suffered scratches from scaling the building. According to Le Parisien, first testimonies indicate the child was unattended and had ventured onto the balcony before getting stuck on the rail. Source
  3. Cops: Man with baseball bat stops father from killing 2-year-old girl When Don Gilbert heard screaming while at a motel in Vancouver, Washington on Tuesday night, he didn’t even think before grabbing his baseball bat and walking outside. He walked out and saw Kyle Holder, 32, beating and kicking his 2-year-old daughter in the parking lot of the motel, according to KPTV. Witnesses said Holder had thrown the toddler out the window of the motel and into the cement walkway. He then picked her up, threw her head on the ground several times and started stomping on her head, according to court documents. When Gilbert saw the child was out of Holder’s grasp and on the ground, he moved in with the bat, according to KPTV. “I hit him once in the back. He had the baby by his feet,” Gilbert told the TV station. “He took her to the curb and just slammed her down, and that’s when I cracked him in the skull three or four times.” Law enforcement said they had to use a taser on the man, who was out of control when they arrived on scene. A police report says Holder was looking to kill his daughter. “I did not want to kill her, but I had to,” Holder told investigators. “I had to hold my daughter and crush her head so she could go up to the sky.” Deputies had received a complaint about Holder earlier in the day, according to KPTV, but did not arrest him. Holder is facing charges for attempted murder. The 2-year-old girl is in critical condition.
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