bethany ArceneauxThe latest news out of Louisiana brings all new meaning to the phrase "family comes first." After being abducted by the father of her 2-year-old son and taken to an abandoned home, a 29-year-old woman was rescued by her family when her cousin kicked in the back door of the home and shot and killed her kidnapper. Bethany Arceneaux was kidnapped by Scott Thomas near a daycare center last Wednesday evening, leaving their child abandoned inside of Bethany's car.

The Arceneaux family immediately organized a search team looking for the young mother, and after hearing screams coming from the house -- about a dozen family members stormed into the home. The family found Scott stabbing Bethany, and the cousin shot several shots at her attacker. According to Bethany's brother:

If we would have waited, she would have been dead.

Wow. If this doesn't sound like a scene out of a movie ...

By the time police arrived on the scene, Thomas was dead. Initial reports review that no charges have been filed against the Arceneaux family and Bethany's cousin fired the weapon in defense of the victim. Today, the family is thankful that she's safe and back where she belongs. Bethany's aunt said:

God is good. We followed our faith and believed she was alive. God answers prayers.

To think, Bethany's family killed the man who tortured her, the man who hands down would have been a horrible father to her young son. They did it because they had to. They did it because they refused to let days go by, and vowed to find Bethany alive.

After the frightening altercation, Bethany was taken to Lafayette General Medical Center and is now in stable condition.

Would you have acted in the same way if you were part of Bethany's family?

 

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