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Lowndes teacher honored by governor's office

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The child was kidnapped from this playground at Westside Elementary School during afternoon recess The child was kidnapped from this playground at Westside Elementary School during afternoon recess
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -

The Lowndes County teacher who helped thwart a kidnapping at her school said she is humbled to be recognized by the governor's office.

On Tuesday, Ginger Taylor received a hand delivered letter from the Governor's Office, expressing thanks for her action. A five year old was kidnapped from a playground at Westside Elementary on August 14th.

Taylor used her phone to take a picture of the license plate of the suspected kidnapper's car as it sped away. That ultimately allowed a sheriff's deputy to spot the car a few minutes later and make an arrest.

"To me, it was just doing my job," Taylor said. "So, to be honored for doing my job is just beyond words."

The child was not harmed during the kidnapping. The two suspects, one of whom is the child's father, were both out on bond as of Thursday. According to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, both men were released on September 3rd.

Investigators say the child's parents were going through a divorce and the father and his friend flew a plane from Mississippi to Valdosta, kidnapped the child, and were headed back to the airport when they were caught.

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