Dad Finds Intruder Stealing Sleeping Baby & His Reaction Is Amazingly Brave

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megan jonesPicture it: you're awoken by your 8-year-old daughter screaming. You go running and you find an intruder has broken into your home through a window and taken your sleeping baby out of the crib. A kidnapping is in progress. What do you do?

I would have had a heart attack. Not Dennis Meyers. He's the Florida dad who found a strange woman in his baby's bedroom over the weekend.

Somehow, Meyers managed to grab the intruder by her hair and throw her out of the house, saving his 16-month-old baby from who knows what.

Got that, folks? He threw her out of the house. He didn't get his gun and shoot her. He didn't beat her into a bloody mess. He got the threat OUT of the house.

And when reporters asked him why, Meyers' answer was a classic. He said he didn't want his wife and daughters to witness something as horrifying as seeing him use deadly force.

I'm putting Meyers up as American hero of the week. If only more Americans would opt for the same kind of restraint, we'd have a kinder, gentler world.

Yes, vigilante justice sounds good in the abstract. There's nothing like some old-fashioned revenge to get your justice juices flowing.

But what are the costs? For some, they end up in jail along with the criminal. For others, there's the knowledge that they became the monster ... and now everyone they love looks at them differently.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the restraint that Meyers showed. We act first, think later. When we celebrate those type of actions, we overlook the unfortunate after effects.

And in case you're wondering, there was even more good that came of this. Cops have arrested a woman named Megan Jones and charged her for allegedly breaking into the Meyers home and trying to steal their baby. She's not going near them again any time soon.

The Meyers get to move on now, and with something extra good -- mom is expecting another baby soon! Imagine if she'd had to deal with three kids with her husband in jail for beating an intruder senseless ...

I know I've done things in the heat of anger that I later regretted, haven't you? What would you have done in Meyers' situation?



Image via Polk County Sheriff’s Office

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Sirena Robinson

I'll be honest. I'm a mother. If someone was trying to steal my child from her crib, it would be the last thing they did.

Marja Panetta

I'm putting Meyers up as American hero of the week. If only more Americans would opt for the same kind of restraint, we'd have a kinder, gentler world.   IF THE NUT JOB THAT BROKE INTO THE HOUSE DIDNT TRY AND STEEL THE BABY WE WOULD HAVE A BETTER WORLD!   WHY ARE WE SO TOLLERENT OF BAD  PEOPLE.

CAP1015 CAP1015

The Dad was a hero, no doubt about it.  But he was there and did what he thought was best, each case is different, there is no recipe for what to do in a dangerous situation other than try to protect your family from harm.  I agree with another poster, why shouldn't this be more about the crazy bitch breaking into the home and how to stop that, than a blog about a perceived level of restraint and a veiled comment on people overreacting and/or being vigilantes?

I have begun to believe you write these blogs to get people pissed off, if not, you're a fu*&#ng Moron. 

jalaz77 jalaz77

This crosses my mind. My hubby says he would kill someone if they intentionally hurt our kids or tried to, I remind him that he can't raise our kids or help our child from jail. It's hard to say. I would like to think I would take her somewhere private away from the kids to put my mark on her but then again I would rather snuggle with my kids than give her anymore of my time. Hasn't happened to me so its hard to say. This guy shows some serious self restraint and patience. Good for him for being a gentleman.

LostS... LostSoul88

I would have make sur emy kids were safe, take the bitch to my backyard and kill her. 

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

So now she can steal someone else's kid some day?

This father is a hero, but he'd be no less a hero if he shot her. Think what you'd like- but I'd shoot first, no questions asked later. And I wouldn't feel badly about saving my baby from some horrid fate!

aeneva aeneva

Being a vigilante and getting revenge are totally different then acting to protect your child in the heat of the moment.  Doing and saying things in the heat of anger/argument and later regretting are totally different then this situation.

I don't know what I would do, but I hope I would do everything in my power to protect my child and that does include violence and/or a gun/knife if it came to it.

Tracey Plummer

I've read a lot of your stories, and I can only come to one would be one of the first people to die in a zombie apocolypse. 

I imagine they would get you while you are standing on a street corner explaining why we shouldn't kill them, because zombies are just misunderstood.

sconn... sconniegirl

He is absolutely a hero for saving his sweet baby! But please remember that most of these types of stories involve an adult male intruder and a woman alone defending herself and/or her children. As much as I'm all for gender equality, in general, a man physically removing a woman from a home is MUCH easier than a woman physically removing a man from a home. This may explain why many of these cases result in the use of deadly force. As many moms have already said, they'd use any means to protect their babies, and many times the only way possible is through the use of a weapon. At my size, there is NO way I'd be able to physically remove an adult male from my house...I'd be reaching for my husband's gun if it came down to protecting my family.

Irela... Ireland69

Smart man thought it thru.  People don't do that anymore with so much violence our first reaction is to shoot. So sad!

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