Young Boy Shows Appreciation To Officers Who Saved His Life

In February, 4-year-old Texan, Ayden Duarte was repeatedly stabbed by his mother. Officers had to pull his mother, 23-year-old Jenea Mungia, off of him. Ayden was found by Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies Pete Smith and Huey Townley. Townley said, "We just saw a need and acted on it." Three months later, Ayden is out of the hospital and recovering quite well. On Friday, Ayden attended the Children Crew of the Year Awards--where his rescuers were being honored. He wore a firefighter outfit and had several firefighter toys with him. The honored group included the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, Life Flight and Emergency Medical Services. Smith said, "It's a miracle. We were told things were not looking very good, and he's here."

Ayden's father, Andres Duarte, posted on his "TeamAyden" Facebook page:

"We would like to take a moment to update everyone who has been a part of the amazing support system #TeamAyden over the last few months. Ayden was finally released from the hospital this week! We still have a long road ahead of us, but with the power of God, friends [and] family[,] we can overcome anything." -Andres."

Courtney Johnson, assistant chief of EMS for the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department said of the incident "He remembered dying and flying in the helicopter and the helicopter took him to his dad and he was thankful, he thanked everybody for helping save him." Ayden also stated "They saved my life."

It was FedEx driver Netha Preston who witnessed Mungia beating and stabbing Ayden in the driveway of the home they shared with her parents and sister. Preston recalled “She took his head and just slammed it on the cement, and I said, 'Lady, what are you doing what are you doing?' And she said 'Shoot me B! That's all she kept telling me, 'Shoot me! … When they arrested her she was naked from the top up and they picked her up and she turned around and looked at him and said 'die', and got in the truck.”

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