A SWAT team raids a home. Adults stand outside in handcuffs. Then a young girl, who’s barely audible, speaks desperate chilling words.
The 9-year-old girl says, "I don't care if I die, I just want my mommy to be OK."
A neighbor catches the gut-wrenching moment on cell phone camera in the neighborhood near Rainbow Boulevard and Gowan Road Tuesday evening.
"When she said that, I started crying because I don't think any child should be put in that situation," says a woman who wants to remain anonymous.
The unnamed woman tells 13 Action News she was there to watch and hear whole the heartbreaking scene.
"No child should have to say that. It shouldn't even be in their mind."
Fred Oldford was home when the raid went to down two doors away. Oldford tells 13 Action News he and other neighbors have complained to police for years about what they believe is questionable activity around the home.
"Cars coming and going every 30 minutes," Oldford says, adding he feels badly for the little girl. "All she knows is 'hey, mommy is in trouble and I don't know what's going to happen to me.'"
Police arrested one man in the raid on a drug charge.
The girl is safe with her mother, Janet Gullion.
Gullion tells 13 Action News she feels a tremendous sense of guilt.
“I failed her. I made her feel she had to protect me,” Gullion says.
When asked why she felt the need to protect her mother, Gullion responded that her boyfriend has violently lashed out, although never at her children.
Gullion says she has not seen her boyfriend since the raid and does not know where he is.