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Nine-year-old girl fights thief who assaulted her mother

A nine-year-old girl was awarded a medal for heroism after battling a thief who attacked her mother while they were shopping in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Journee Nelson can be seen in surveillance footage battling the thief after he attempted to steal his mother’s purse on November 2.

“I fought back. I had to save my mother, ”she told reporters.

His mother, Danielle Mobley, got into a fight with the thief – since named by police as Demetrius Jackson.

“We fought for the handbag. He pushed me to the ground, ”Ms. Mobley said.

Journee sprang into action, punching Jackson in the face before he pushed her down and ran away.

“That’s when I dropped it and thought it would take off,” Ms. Mobley said. “I didn’t expect her to leave after him.”

The nine-year-old chased the man for five blocks but failed to catch him, 7 News Miami reports. He was arrested two days after the attack.

West Palm Beach Police Chief Frank Adderley presented Journee with a medal and certificate for his heroism on Thursday.

“I wouldn’t recommend that you take on an individual like that, but in the heat of the moment things happen,” he said.

“I bet he was shocked when she hit him in the face because he could certainly tell on the video that he wasn’t expecting it, and his actions were perfectly in sync in this particular situation.”

He added: “I think she hit him pretty hard.”

“I’m very proud of her, that was her first reaction,” Ms. Mobley said. “I wish we, sometimes, things could be a little different because she always copes with it mentally.”

Jackson has since been charged with theft and battery.

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