It’s not hard to imagine how you’d feel if you got mugged: Violated, frightened, angry. But it’s seemingly impossible to think how you’d feel if your 3-year-old child was mugged, because you probably suppose no one would actually do that.
Except they did. A 3-year-old boy was sitting in his stroller being pushed by his mom in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn last week when two thieves came along and ripped a $400 gold chain off his neck, according to the New York Post.
Not only was it a pricey gold chain, but it was a sentimental one, too, as it was given to the boy by his godparents for his christening and had a small medallion on it with the image of a pair of hands holding a child.
Little Harvey Hernandez was in the lobby of his family’s apartment building at 11:45 p.m. last Tuesday night after he and his mom and teenage brother returned from a Laundromat. His mom knew they were being followed and locked the lobby door after they got inside to keep the teen attackers at bay. The thugs kicked in the door anyway.
The mom told the Post she screamed, “Let go of my baby! Let go of my baby!” but the aggressor “didn’t say anything — he just looked at us and laughed, almost mocking us.” She fought with the attackers and tried to get them away from Harvey.
“How could he do this to a helpless little baby!” she asked.
Harvey’s mom Riyana Guerrero even believed they would have kidnapped him if her screams hadn’t alerted neighbors, who scared away the thieves.
Thankfully no one was hurt, although Harvey’s 13-year-old brother is now too traumatized to go outside, especially since the attackers, who are believed to be around 16 or 17, have not been caught.
The family plans on moving.
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