Nyla Prentiss, who was just nine years old at the time, managed to evade her captor and run through the dark streets of North Las Vegas while holding her younger brother.
Karen Quinn, Nyla’s mother, had just left the vehicle in order to use the automated teller machine inside of a convenience store, leaving Nyla and her 11-month-old son King behind in the vehicle. After after, a guy who seemed to be suspicious went up to the vehicle and made an effort to open the door.
At this point, Karen had emerged from the shop and engaged the individual who was attempting to break into the vehicle in a verbal confrontation.
Even though the door of the automobile was closed, it was automatically opened as soon as she got near since the technology within the car could feel that she was holding the keys. The guy rushed in the car without delay and sped off in a hurry with the children still inside.
Leaving the mother in a defenseless state, she was terrified and wanted to get her children back.
Nyla explained the situation that occurred inside the car with the strange man by saying that she was unsure of what to do or say and that she dared not to do anything as her baby brother was also inside.
Nyla pleaded with the guy to let her go, but he refused. After coming to a halt, the guy gave her the order to exit the vehicle.
“The only thing that was keeping me up at night was my younger brother. After that, I made an effort to get my shoes, but he wouldn’t allow me. He was like, ‘Here, go out.’ After that, I took his binky and we both started to run.”
The scared little girl rushed barefoot through the dark street for almost five blocks before reaching the convenience store where she had last seen her mother. She had a preexisting condition that caused her kidneys to expand, thus the strain of carrying her brother caused them to grow even more.
When Nyla eventually made it to the shop, she was so emotional that she was trembling and crying.
She was assisted by the store’s employees, who offered her something to drink and instructed her to take a seat.
Karen was able to see her children once again when police officers arrived at the shop soon after they had been separated. When she saw her children, she immediately collapsed to the ground and praised God for protecting her family.
Because Nyla is unable to fall or maintain sleep, her mother stays at her side at all times.
Karen’s grandmother has started a fundraising effort for the family on the website GoFundMe.
It is quite possible that the family will need counseling and treatment in order to recover from the negative effects that the tragedy has had on their health.