- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A 3-year-old girl walked more than a mile along a busy road in Florida to seek her grandmother’s help after her father allegedly killed her mother, officials said on Tuesday.

A warrant was issued for Johnny Lashawn Shipman, 36, as a suspect in the death of Kristi Lynne Delaney, 26, of Mascotte, Reuters reported.

The little girl knew the route to her grandmother’s house because she had walked it with her mother, the report said.

“That’s quite a distance for a 3-year-old,” said Sgt. Kristin Thompson of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, who called the little girl “kind of heroic.”

Thompson said the father did not live in the home with the girl and her mother and would not disclose exactly what the girl saw or told investigators.

“She went down to her grandmother’s and said she couldn’t get her mom to wake up,” Thompson said.

Lake County court records show Delaney filed child support and paternity claims against Shipman in 2011 and a petition for protection from him in 2012, Reuters reported.