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Daycare provider of alleged gunman's children speaks out

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Tuesday's murder-suicide started with a kidnapping. Police say on Tuesday afternoon Tyrone Smith arrived at his children's home daycare. The day care providers tells us he pointed a gun at her, made her help put the baby into a car seat, tied her to a chair inside, took the battery out of her cell phone, and left.

While the daycare provider did not want to do an on-camera interview she sent KSFY the following statement:

"I am the daycare provider that was forced into an impossible situation yesterday. I do not wish to be on camera or interviewed. My heart breaks for the young woman who was killed. I keep thinking if I had said something different maybe he wouldn't have went there. I was doing my job of caring for children when this man put a gun in my face and made me choose between giving him his children or dying. My promise to all my daycare parents has always been to keep their children safe. I chose to let him take his children to keep the rest of the children safe. By the grace of God, all of the children slept through the ordeal. I begged him to not hurt the children or me. With a gun pointed at me I had to put an infant in a car seat and soothe his crying toddler. All the while I am watching my own child sleep right next to where he was standing, praying she did not wake up during this. He tied me up, took the battery out of my phone, picked up his children and left. Within a minute I had freed my self and ran out my back door to the neighbors for help. I am thankful to my wonderful neighbor ladies who I scared, but were so helpful, to the police dept, and to my daycare families for putting their trust in me."

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