GOOD NEWS 'God Is the Real Hero': Dad Stops Kidnapper Who Snatched Girl From Bedroom
Steve Doocy sat down this morning with a Utah man who amazingly saved his stepdaughter from a kidnapper who had taken her from her bed in the middle of the night.
"There was a man in my home and he took my 5-year-old daughter," the girl's mother said in a chilling 911 call last Friday morning.
"And I happen to wake up and he had my daughter outside, and my husband ran out there and got her from him. But he took my 5-year-old daughter."
It turns out the kidnapper had entered the Salt Lake City-area home through an unlocked door.
After handing the child over unharmed, the intruder fled the scene and was apprehended by police several blocks away.
Authorities identified him as Troy Morley (pictured above). The girl was not physically injured.
Aaron Edson said this morning that he and his wife, Stephanie, believe it was "divine providence" that allowed him to intervene, since his wife was awake in the wee hours of the morning for no reason.
"She just had a sense. Learn to trust your wife's mothers intuition. It's the way to go," said Edson.
Edson said his stepdaughter (pictured below) has a minor physical disability, so she has a distinct walk. He and his wife heard a voice, but became alarmed when they couldn't hear the girl walking around.
Already fearful that something was wrong, they then heard the front screen door close. He immediately ran outside while his wife ran to the downstairs bedroom.
"When I got to the end of the driveway, I saw a man that I had never seen before in my life," said Edson.
He explained that instead of rushing the man and tackling him, he felt a "divine" calm come over him, and instead he simply asked the man what he was doing.
It became clear then that he was dealing with a possibly disturbed individual.
Morley said "if she's with me, they won't kill me," Edson recalled. Morley also said he needed to get to a church and claimed someone was trying to kill him.
Morley handed the little girl over and ran. Police found him in a nearby house soon after.
"We truly believe God is the hero here. He gave my wife the presence of mind to know what to do. He gave me the presence of mind to have the right attitude even though I would never be that way in any normal circumstance and He brought her safely home," said Edson, adding that the couple wanted to come to New York to share that part of the story.
Morley lives in another area of Utah, and a neighbor there told AP of prior run-ins with him:
About 45 miles north in Roy, where Morley lived, neighbors said they weren't the least bit surprised to find out the man known as a super creep had been accused of trying to abduct a girl.
Next-door neighbor Andrea Shearer, 33, said she forbid her children to interact with Morley after a series of bizarre and inappropriate conversations. Shearer said Morley had been caught sneaking into backyards, including hers. She obtained a no trespass order on him from police.
She said she believes Morley had a meth addiction. He talked about a satanic cult causing his wife to leave him and having critters crawling through the attic, she said.
"He scared me. I'm so glad he's gone," said Shearer, a health care professional. "You always hear people saying about their neighbor that they seemed so quiet and normal. Not him, I'm not surprised."