Put my daddy's car keys down!' What a feisty five-year-old girl told a knife-wielding burglar
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:01 PM on 18th November 2009
A feisty five-year-old girl confronted a knife-wielding burglar in her home by shouting: 'Put my Daddy's car keys down'.
Chloe Edwards heard noises at 2am and ventured downstairs to see who was in the kitchen of her Middlesbrough home.
It was then that she came across Dean Affleck, 18, who pointed a meat cleaver at her and told her to go back to bed.
Chloe's parents, Mark and Rachel, had already begun making their way downstairs after they'd heard the burglar accidentally smash a glass.
It was then that they heard Chloe tell Affleck: 'Put my Daddy's car keys down.'
The incident happened on the day Rachel was due to start a five-day stint of chemotherapy for breast cancer.
Once Chloe was safely back in her bedroom, with her four-year-old brother Sonnymac brother and ten-year-old sister, Rebecca, the father went back to the kitchen.
Mr Edwards, 33, said: 'I shouted to him to get out of my house, and he replied that he was "Just getting some ice cubes." So I told him I'd get him some ice cubes!
'I chased him out of the back door and bolted it shut. I thought he'd gone, but then I heard him trying to get in the front door.
'I couldn't believe that he was trying it again. He seemed drunk.
'My first thought was for my family, but it looked like Chloe already had that covered.
'We're very proud of her, she's definitely a feisty one.'
Mr Edwards went outside and chased Affleck round the garden, eventually punching him to the ground after he made a final attempt to run off with his daughter Rebecca's bicycle.
However Affleck managed to wriggle free and punched two girls, who live nearby, out of his way as he fled into another garden before the police finally arrested him.
In court it became clear Affleck had forced the back door of the Edwards' home and the family found a carrier bag stuffed with electrical equipment he was attempting to steal in the kitchen.
When he was searched by police he had a lock knife and small amounts of amphetamines and cannabis for his own use.
The young villain also had the Edwards' house and car keys.
Affleck, of Middlesbrough, was jailed at Teesside Crown Court earlier this week.
He was sent to a young offenders' institution for three and a half years after he pleaded guilty to the August 15 burglary, two common assaults, possession of a bladed article and possession of drugs amphetamines and cannabis.
Bryan Russell, defending, said that Affleck was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time, and he could remember little about it.
Judge Peter Bowers told him that he had been given an 'amazing' chance in January with a community order for a similar burglary.
The judge added: "It was a five-year-old child who found you first.
'I can't imagine what went through her parents' minds.'
Chloe's mother Rachel, who is now in remission after her second battle with breast cancer in three years, said: 'It was an awful experience, as soon as I saw he had a knife I was terrified.
'But Chloe was as brave as anything - I couldn't sleep all night, but she was fine. She kept saying afterwards: "I told him, Daddy, I told him to put your keys down, didn't I?"
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Now that kid has 'BALLS'!