Two little girls might not be alive today if not for their teen brother -- who protected them from the one person they should trust most in the world. Texas mom Sonya Gardner reportedly placed her daughters, ages 6 and 4, in a bathtub filled with water with the intention of drowning them because they asked for a snack. Before she could hurt them, her 18-year-old son Jydesmon Gardner allegedly heard his siblings screaming as he was walking by their apartment. Witnesses say he fired a warning shot in the air with his gun, and then forced his way into the apartment to save their lives.
According to police, the teen bravely pushed past mom and carried his sisters out of the tub and apartment. He made sure they were safe with a neighbor before fleeing the scene because he was already in trouble with the law and wanted for an outstanding warrant. Obviously, the fact that he was now in possession of an illegal firearm wasn't going to help matters for him and he knew it.
As for the 35-year-old mom, Sonya was reportedly high at the time on marijuana laced with PCP, which is known to cause hallucinations. She faces two counts of attempted capital murder of a child and is being jailed and held on $1 million bond. Her older daughter actually told cops that she and her sis were "fixing to die," which just breaks your heart, and the two are currently in foster care.
Despite his criminal past and the fact that he has a gun, police consider Jydesmon a hero and desperately want him to come forward and serve as a witness in this case. Time will tell whether the teen is willing to risk his neck in order to testify against his mother.
Do you think police should forgive this teen's past crimes and the fact that he had a gun because of his brave actions?
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