Leanne Smith saved Cole J. Kouvelas from assault, Hamilton, Ontario, February 13, 1992. Cole, 2, was in a second-floor bedroom of his family’s house when a man with a gun entered the house and forced his mother upstairs and into the master bedroom. Miss Smith, 18, high school student, had been babysitting Cole and other children and was on the first floor of the house when the assailant told her to take the children outside. Standing at the foot of the stairs, Miss Smith told the assailant, who was at the top of the stairs, that she would not leave without Cole. She then went to the second floor, passed the assailant, and retrieved Cole from his bedroom. As she was returning downstairs with Cole, Miss Smith heard two gunshots, followed by the assailant telling her to return with the children. Miss Smith and the children fled the house. Responding police found Cole’s mother and the assailant both dead of gunshot wounds.
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