One of the most terrifying things in the world must be getting attacked by a random stranger who tries to rape you. Now quadruple your terror if your young child is with you at the time, in his stroller, and the attacker has just knocked the child over, who screams while you try to figure out what to do about the crazed attacker. This is the exact nightmarish scenario that MaryJane Jarman and her son, 8-month-old Thayne, were facing when the mom had just dropped off her 5-year-old at school and was jogging with Thayne in his stroller along a bucolic park in Upper Manhattan. But the attacker didn't quite understand that if you attack a mom with her kid -- you are going to get the fight of your life. And this one did.
It all started when Jarman was jogging with Thayne along the Hudson River early in the morning. She suddenly heard someone calling "Come here, come here," and saw a stranger crawl out of a nearby bush. He was holding a broken bottle and rushed at her.
Jarman says she began screaming and yelling, hoping someone would hear her, as the man grabbed her in a bear hug and tried to pull her behind a large wall. Police believe he meant to rape her.
Unbelievably, the man kept apologizing as he attacked her, saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sick."
But that wasn't going to earn any sympathy points with Jarman, who realized that her son's stroller had been knocked over in their struggle, and he was laying on the ground screaming. She told the New York Daily News:
My son was hysterical. He was screaming and crying.
At this point, Jarman knew she was in a fight for her -- and possibly her son's -- life. She says:
I wasn’t going to go down that way. I was going to kill him to protect my son.