Four brave children found that together, they could survive the unthinkable.
Jaylan, Justin, Kiara and Kayla were held hostage by their own father for more than three days. Even their mother, Kimberly Walker, couldn't help them escape.
Then, Tuesday night, Elkhart Police discovered the family in room #1 at the Sleepy Hollow Motel.
Detectives marveled at how brave the children were. "Knowing that Jaylen was the oldest and from what we gathered in the investigation quite the big brother, I actually started calling for Jaylen by name,” recalls Sergeant Bill Wargo Jr. “Once he makes eye contact with me he pops out this huge, big smile. He starts running towards me carrying his 16-month old sister. It was truly like an order of small ducklings as they kind of laddered down!”
The Walker children were taken back to police headquarters. While detectives questioned their captured father about the abduction, the kids ate McDonald’s and watched “Sponge Bob Square Pants”.
"We walked in and handed them some handmade blankets and some stuffed animals,” Wargo says. “Every time we did that the child we gave it to would look to the child who’s younger than them and hand the toy to that child. Truly, truly unique kids."
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was so impressed he stopped by to say thanks. “I'm the father of four children. What these men have done has made parents grateful statewide and I'm sure beyond our borders,” Daniels says with tears in his eyes.
And so tonight the Walker children are safe and sound, protected by good police work and the heartfelt prayers of a community that believed they'd come home safe.