It is well known that mothers will do whatever they can to protect their children. There have been many cases of mothers sacrificing their happiness to ensure that their children have a smile on their faces.
However, some mothers go above and beyond for their children. They will leave no stone unturned to make sure their children are okay and might even put themselves in harm’s way to save them.
It is the story of a mother who put her well-being on the line to ensure that her children were saved from a horrible situation that could have led to a terrible life for them.
THE TRAGIC INCIDENT
Melody Maldonado, 33, lives in New Mexico with her family. Maldonado has two children, Ma’Rey, six, who has autism, and Mikah, 11 months. Despite living an ordinary life, the family endured what could have been a tragedy on Independence Day this year.
In what would become the scariest 20-30 minutes of the family’s life, Maldonado fiercely protected the lives of her little ones as they were put in grave danger by another woman who stole the family’s car. .
Maldonado spoke to the Daily Mail, telling them everything she went through that day and how she saved her children, even though it meant she was going to be put in a life-threatening position.
It all started when Maldonado and his children were out in their family car. The mother-of-two left her children in the car for a while as she entered a convenience store to buy a bottle for her son Mikah.
As she was leaving the store, a woman standing in the doorway walked her to her car. As soon as Maldonado unlocked the car, the woman, Regina Castillo, pushed her aside and sat in the driver’s seat.
As Castillo prepared to speed off with Maldonado’s children in the car, the latter jumped onto the roof of the car, yelling at Castillo that his children were still in the car. Maldonado revealed that she didn’t care what happened to the car; she only worried about her children.
A screenshot from a video of Maldonado seen hanging from the car with her children inside, stolen by Castillo. | Source: Facebook.com/InsideEdition
Maldonado clung to the roof of the car between the intersections as Castillo swerved for her to fall. From experience, she
“I was knocking on the window the whole time, telling him to stop.”
Eventually, Maldonado fell and broke her foot. However, that didn’t stop her from running into a convenience store and asking someone to call 911. She could then be seen on a police body camera explaining how it would be possible for the police to find her children.
FIND THE CAR
Maldonado revealed that she left her cell phone in the car and if they could track her cell phone, they could find the car and her children. However, there was another twist to the story: Castillo had dropped Ma’Rey off on a nearby street.
Fortunately, the little girl was found and kept safe until Maldonado could join her. However, Mikah was still in the car with the carjacker. Fortunately for the family, the car was quickly found and Castillo was apprehended.
However, the nightmare was not over for the family as little Ma’Rey grew alarmed after reuniting with her mother, only to see her loaded into an ambulance. Maldonado revealed:
“She was a little shaken. My son is too young to talk.”
Maldonado testifies that a devoted mother will do whatever she can to protect her children, even if it means hurting herself and continuing her pursuit despite those injuries.
Although Maldonado is happy to have her children back in her care and Castillo will soon be in court over the matter, she mentioned the ordeal was traumatic and said:
“I hope it never happens to anyone else.”
A HAPPY ENDING
It’s still unclear why Castillo decided to steal the car with the kids in it, but it’s been revealed that she left Ma’Rey on the side of the road because the little girl had a phone she believed through. the police were following her. .
For Castillo, this was not her first offense, as when she was arrested it was revealed that she had three active warrants for her arrest. One was for concealment of his identity, the second for shoplifting and a third for traffic violations.
Luckily for Maldonado and his family, the worst of that nightmare is behind them. However, the traumatic ordeal helped Maldonado see how strong she is and what she would do to protect her young children.
Questions to ponder:
- What would you do if you saw your children being kidnapped and the only way to save them was to risk your own life?
Maldonado didn’t even take the time to think about what to do, but it might be a little more daunting for others, and some people might even find themselves frozen in the moment.
How do you think you would react if this happened to you? Would you risk your life, call the cops and wait for them to arrive, or could you do something else not mentioned in this article?