It is not every day that a lie can save a life. But that’s exactly what happened when a passerby watched as a young girl was caught in a life-threatening situation. While 12-year-old Amy Martinez walked to school in Santa Ana, California, a woman grabbed her and dragged her down the street. When she whispered in Amy’s ears in Spanish “The demons are coming. Satan is here,” you can imagine the young girl’s terror.
Amy did the smart thing. She screamed for help. With the crazy lady’s arms wrapped around her, she feared she’d never seevher loving family again. She knew her end was coming, just as certainly as this woman knew that Satan was near.
“She just came up to me and went like this,” Amy said to KTLA. “And then she started walking with me away.”
Then the woman told her not to cry. But Amy was not crying, she was screaming for help.
“She told me in Spanish not to cry, but I wasn’t even crying,” she said.
As another woman drove her child to the same school, she saw the lady dragging Amy down the street. It struck her as strange. She knew something was wrong. The mother, who wishes to remain an anonymous heroine, acted on instinct and stopped her car.
Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said that this woman’s plan helped stop the suspect from taking Amy.
The woman hurried over to the 12-year-old girl and asked if the was okay.
“I will never forget the way she looked at me,” the heroine said to KTLA. “Her eyes were screaming for help.”
That’s when this mother of Amy’s fellow student acted. Thinking on her toes, she told a lie that would ultimately save Amy’s life – or at least rescue her from the attempted kidnapping.
She told the kidnapper that she was Amy’s mother. She urged the woman to let her go. And the woman obliged. With someone as big and tall as her in her face, she was unable to resist – she was no longer dealing with a small, young girl.
After the woman rushed Amy to school, where she would be safe, she called the police and reported the incident. The cops eventually tracked down the suspect, Claudia Hernandez Diaz, and took her into custody.
Amy calls the anonymous mother a heroine and claims that she saved her life.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to live,'” the girl said.
Usually, it does not pay to lie. But in this case, the lie that this woman was Amy’s mother, might have saved the little girl’s life. Because Diaz, who could have a mental health issue or substance abuse problem, snatched Amy from the sidewalk, she overpowered her and could have dragged her back to her lair. The passerby knew that the bear hug Diaz had on Amy was not right. She knew she had to act, and because she had a daughter of her own, she knew what she had to do to protect the innocent girl.