Published January 13, 2015
A 3-year-old Florida girl walked more than a mile down a busy road to seek her grandmother’s help after her mother was killed, authorities say.
The Lake County Sheriff’s department said the father of the girl, 36-year-old Johnny Lashawn Shipman, is suspected of killing her mother, 26-year-old Kristi Lynne Delaney, of Mascotte, according to Reuters. A warrant is out for Shipman’s arrest.
Lake County Sgt. Kristin Thompson said Tuesday that the girl was “kind of heroic” for walking down the road.
"That's quite a distance for a 3-year-old," Thompson said, adding that the girl knew the route because she had walked it with her mother before. "She went down to her grandmother's and said she couldn't get her mom to wake up.”
Court records show the couple has had a history of child custody disputes, Reuters reports.