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'My Hero Right Here': 5-Year-Old Boy Fights Back, Throws Toys To Protect Mom During South Bend Home Invasion

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A 5-year-old boy tried to protect his mother when four men with guns broke into their home in South Bend last month.

Tamika Reed and her family were starting the day on Sept. 30, when the men stormed into the kitchen. She focused on keeping her kids safe, though she was terrified, but her 5-year old son, David, fought back; throwing toys at the men, trying to get the intruders to leave.

"I hit him, and I tried to throw my car at them," David said.

"My hero right here. He said he was trying to hit the guys. My thing was I need to get him out of the house before they do something to my son," Tamika said.

No one was hurt and nothing was taken.

South Bend police released security camera video of the home invasion, hoping to find the intruders and keep this from happening to another family.

A spokesman said the little boy deserves a gold star for bravery, but that no child should ever have to deal with that situation.

Police asked anyone who recognizes the home invaders to please call Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or 800-342-STOP. You can also call the South Bend Police Department Investigative Bureau at 574-235-9263.

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