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  • The 6-year-old was taking out the trash outside her home when the man grabbed her
  • The young victim said she immediately screamed, causing the man to let go of her
  • The man has been charged with abduction and inappropriate grabbing

A 6-year-old girl in Ohio revealed how she managed to foil the attempt of a 33-year-old man to kidnap her as she was taking out the trash outside her home.

Ken'Adi Nash described how she narrowly escaped being kidnapped by the man, identified as Deric McPherson, during an interview with "Good Morning America" Friday.

"This guy walks by, and he touched me. He pulled me," Ken'Adi said.

The child screamed when the kidnapper grabbed her hand, a move that the young victim believes helped her escape.

"He just let go of me because I screamed," she recalled during the interview.

The incident took less than 10 seconds overall and was captured by a doorbell camera at the child's family home, ABC News reported.

Authorities said McPherson grabbed Ken'Adi and tried to drag her along with him before the child screamed.

Ricky Nash, the father of the 6-year-old girl, said that the scream likely saved his daughter.

"He wouldn't have let go of her if she wouldn't have pulled and screamed like she did," the elder Nash said on "GMA."

Once she got free, Ken'Adi raced to her home to tell her dad about what had happened. Ricky then jumped into his car to go after the suspect while calling the police.

"I chased him like he still had my kid," the father said. "Definitely didn't want him to be able to go snatch another kid."

Police later arrested McPherson in connection with the incident. The 33-year-old was charged with abduction and inappropriate grabbing.

The victim's father told "GMA" that he was relieved when McPherson was apprehended. However, he admitted that he and his wife, Mandie Nash, remain shaken.

"It's forever etched in our minds — that scream. So it'll always be with us," the mother said in the interview.

As a result of the incident, the Nashes said that they have taught their other daughters how to fight off an attacker. They added that the outcome would have been different had Ken'Adi not done what she did.

Ricky and Mandie have four daughters.

"I'm so proud of her. So proud of her," Mandie said. "Because as soon as she screamed, he let go. So obviously, you know, it does work."

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