Paramedics stop attempted child abduction

Two Ore. AMR paramedics came to the aid of a woman who had been knocked over in the street by a man trying to take the 2-year-old boy

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two AMR paramedics interrupted an attempted kidnapping of a 2-year-old child from a woman, Beth, in the middle of a city street.

The paramedics, Brian Henrichs and Trevin Sundbaum, stopped their ambulance when they noticed a confrontation in the street, reported KOIN.  

"Immediately, I think both of us were on the radio asking for police," said Henrichs.

"There was a lady holding a child who was crying, there was a guy to our right that seemed pretty agitated. He was sweating, kind of red in the face."

The agitated man, Matthew Lee Edwards, was yelling that the boy was his sister's child. He was later arrested and faces felony charges.

The woman, whose last name is not being used, met the paramedics afterwards she expressed how grateful she was for their immediate help because she couldn’t call 911.

"I was holding on to my son for dear life."

She brought some homemade bread to Henrichs and Sundbaum to thank them. They smiled when she said, "I hope my smushed bread is good. I smushed it a little, I’m sorry."

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