Heroic neighbor saves infants from being drowned by their father


As a knife-wielding father sought to drown his three-month-old twin infants, a neighbor rushed to their rescue and shot the man.

In Ada, Oklahoma Friday, Cash Freeman fired two shots at his neighbor, Leland Michael Foster, 27, killing Foster while he held his children’s mother at bay with a knife and attempted to drown their twins.

The twins—a boy and a girl who were born prematurely—were air-lifted to a hospital in Oklahoma City and released Saturday.

According to Ada Public Information Director Lisa Bratcher, the incident occurred around 12:30 pm on Friday, when a distraught woman called police. Amid the sounds of struggles and screaming, the woman claimed that Foster was armed with a knife, had threatened to kill her, and was trying to drown the infants.

As police responded to the scene, the homeowner’s 12-year-old granddaughter hurried to plead for help from the neighbors.

Neighbor Cash Freeman grabbed his revolver and rushed to assist.

Upon entering the neighbor’s home, he found Foster threatening the twins’ mother with a knife while attempting to drown the infants in a bathtub.

Police reported that Freeman fired twice, killing Foster. Freeman was interviewed and released by police at the scene, although prosecutors will review the case to ensure Freeman’s actions were justified.

Leland Michael Foster

Neighbor Summer Pierce told KFOR, “It’s awful because I’ve held the babies and, like, I’ve played with them and I just gave them clothes yesterday.”

Court records revealed that Foster has prior criminal charges for arson and domestic abuse by strangulation.

Officers responding to Foster’s home in 2011 following a domestic abuse complaint discovered a pile of clothes burning on a mattress, and a bathtub filled with water and electronics including a computer and gaming system.

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