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6-year-old boy saves friend from would-be kidnapper

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CHICAGO (PIX11) – A 6-year-old boy is being hailed a hero for saving his friend from a would-be kidnapper who tried to abduct a little girl near her home on Chicago’s southeast side.

Kaylen Woodard was riding his bicycle and his 10-year-old friend, Marcy, was riding her scooter last Thursday evening. They were a mere 20 feet from their homes when a stranger stopped his white convertible with red seats, exited and tried to pull the girl inside, according to ABC7 Chicago.

Woodard said the man cupped his hand over the girl’s mouth. Instead of running away, the boy stepped in to save his friend.

“The only way she got away is because I kicked him in the back of the leg and the outside of his leg,” he said.

Woodard’s mother said she’s very proud of her son.

“I can’t stop talking about him,” Diana Blakely said. “I’m still in a state of shock. Still by him being so young and he did that for a friend. That’s amazing.”

And little girl’s mother said she is exceedingly grateful for the boy’s bravery.

“We call him our little hero. We are blessed that he was there,” Tracey Edwards said.

The terrifying incident happened about 5:30 p.m. May 22 in the 6900 block of South California Avenue, according to ABC7 Chicago.

Police in Chicago over the weekend issued an alert to parents, reminding them that the would-be abductor was still at large and not to let their kids play outside unsupervised.

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Kaylen Woodard, 6, saved his friend from a would-be kidnapper while the children played near their Chicago homes May 22, 2014.