Quick-Thinking Hero Nanny Rescues Helpless Toddler While Burglar Ransacks Home

On July 31, 2017, the life of a toddler may have been saved thanks to the decisive actions of a brave nanny who spirited the little boy to safety while a burglar was ransacking the family’s California home.

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Jenna Lee Baker, who at the time was the 3-year-old toddler’s nanny, used her best weapon, her brain, to rescue the helpless child as the suspect continued to search for items to steal.

When the intruder first broke in, Jenna and her charge were still out running errands.

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The suspect is seen walking around the house searching for valuables in the security video.

He first finds Jenna’s purse, which he turns upside down, searching for jewelry, cash, or anything of value.

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As Jonathan Lai, the homeowner and the toddler’s dad, explained while watching the video, the suspect also found the wife’s purse.

“To have him going in to my kids’ rooms, it’s the most scary thing to me,” he told Inside Edition at the time.

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Jenna and the child return home

As the nanny walked inside the home, she could tell something was off immediately. Indeed, it wasn’t long before the intruder came walking down the stairs and was face to face with Jenna and the toddler.

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Without hesitation, Jenna grabbed the 3-year-old and ran outside the home toward a neighbor while calling the police simultaneously.

A few seconds later, the burglar is seen exiting the home, likely in a self, headed in the opposite direction.

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According to the boy’s father, he feels eternally grateful to his son’s “rock star” nanny for saving his child’s life. Who can say what could have happened had she not reacted quickly?

“What she did for my son, [we’re] so grateful that she is in our lives,” he said.

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And as you would expect, the nanny refuses to consider herself a hero. She said she just did what felt right.

“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” she said. “I love him […] When his parents are away, they put their trust in me to keep him safe.”

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The nanny and the child she cared for were lucky to have escaped the home before the burglar could harm them.

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