John Avery and his 3-year-old son were in the backyard when he says one man grabbed the 3-year-old by the shirt, ripped off his neck, and grabbed the young boy face down on the grass. He went to get Avery’s 13-year-old daughter, 5-year-old brother, and 4-year-old son, and when he didn’t reach the boy, he walked over to the basement.
For a moment, he says, he thought that the child would come into his home, but “I thought, I’m going to grab the boy’s neck because he didn’t make any effort. And he fell dead,” Avery said.
The 4-year-old boy was in the laundry room, and he couldn’t get up from his towel and so he ran outside to get help. Avery’s son and daughter chased after the suspect but are scared.
“They must’ve believed something, I know they heard some sort of a commotion. They were very scared. They didn’t know what they were up against,” Avery said.
The older son who got caught up in the high jinks suffered serious injuries to his face and chin.
“He was being attacked, obviously. The kid was blindfolded and completely tied to that tree,” Avery said.
The 3-year-old was in a swing-like chair playing with the tree when the suspect grabbed him by the shirt, ripped off his shirt, and held him face down on the grass,” Avery said.
Suffering back injuries, Avery can’t hold a metal chair, can’t get around properly, can barely feed himself and isn’t able to hold a chair for long. That’s why he’s dedicated to saving his son. He says he’s done it once before and knows what it takes.
“I didn’t call them in, but I guess I just felt like that’s what I have to do. I guess this time it was an option,” Avery said.
He’s also training his wife to help protect her children after seeing it happening a hundred times.
“I never want to see anybody do that again,” Avery said.