KEY POINTS

  • Elaysha Wright was playing when she saw the child on the rooftop
  • Police charged a man with child abuse in connection with the incident 
  • It is not known if he is the father of the boy

An 11-year-old girl's quick thinking saved the life of a two-year-old child who got trapped on the roof of a house in North Carolina.

The girl alerted emergency personnel when she spotted the child in danger.

Elaysha Wright was playing near her home in Jacksonville, North Carolina, when she spotted her neighbor's two-year-old son on the rooftop Saturday. "We were just playing outside when we saw the boy on the roof and I didn't have my phone on me so I told my friend to call 911," the girl told The Daily News. 

After alerting the emergency personnel, Elaysha went inside her home to inform her father, Rodreka Wright. They heard sirens when they rushed outside. 

Firefighters used a ladder to remove the child from the roof, Jacksonville police spokeswoman Beth Purcell said. The child was unharmed. 

Police did not reveal how the child made his way onto the roof. Rodreka said one of the two windows of the house was slightly open and the boy would have got onto the roof through the opening.

It was also not clear if the child's parents were at home at the time. However, police said a 22-year-old man, identified as Justin Alexander Tueros, was facing misdemeanor and child abuse charges in connection with the incident.

Though Tueros was not arrested, he received a citation. He is scheduled to appear in Onslow County District Court on Nov. 30. The officers did not mention how he is related to the child. 

People in the neighborhood praised the girl for her timely intervention. "This remarkable young lady saw the baby on the roof and quickly called 911. Police were dispatched and were able to save this baby from serious injury or even death. This compassionate young woman deserves recognition for her heroic actions," Debbie Howell, a local resident, told The Daily News.  

Rodreka said his daughter had initiated the "get this kid to safety" protocol before anything else. "All she could think about was making sure the child didn't fall. We just left it at that and told her good job," he added. 

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