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A 74-year-old woman in Philadelphia is being deemed a hero after she fought off an intruder attempting to sexually assault a child, biting, kicking and scratching him until he ran away.

Julie Etienne says she was babysitting a 10-year-old girl Sunday when she was awoken by her screams.

An intruder had broken into the home and was attempting to sexually assault the child when Etienne came charging at him, beating, kicking and scratching.

The intruder tossed the elderly woman down the stairs and ran back to the child where police say he had “indecent contact” with her.

Etienne returned, biting the man on the arm as hard as she could before he ran away.

If the woman had not been able to defend the child police believe things would have been much worse.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

Watch ABC6 Philadelphia’s video on this brave woman below.

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