By Tiani Jones
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL — It’s said it takes a village to raise a child, but
just ask Lloyd Tillman Jr.
He’ll tell you that, more importantly, it takes a village to protect that
“All this stuff going on with these kids coming up missing, and these
kids getting killed. They say like 85% of kidnaps end up in death, and
that’s not a good thing,” says Tillman.
He believes his son would have been one of those statistics, if it were
not for the observant eye of a stranger.
The stranger was Temeka Doss. “He was like a homeless looking guy,” she
Doss was trying to enjoy a basketball game, but, says she couldn’t take
her eye off of a man police have identified as 35-year-old Justin Hughes.
She says he was walking hand in hand with 4-year-old Lloyd Tillman III,
leading him away from Bruce Park, where the boy was playing.
Doss said, “I noticed something wasn’t right.”
Her instincts kicked in, and she gathered up her friends and approached
“When we went and surrounded the guy, he was like, ‘well the father gave
me permission,’ and we was like his father don’t even know you,” she said.
The boys father says he didn’t know the guy, but he wasn’t about to let
him get away without finding out who he was, and what he was doing with
Police arrested Hughes, and he now faces kidnapping charges, but the
Tillman men are doing just fine.
Their grateful that the village is still intact, raising and protecting
“I don’t know the young lady’s name, I’ve seen her before up there to the
park, but I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Tillman.
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