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16-year-old saves a toddler from drowning in backyard pond

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DENHAM SPRINGS - A mother is still able to hold her daughter after 16-year-old Hunter Robertson saved four-year-old Myla Brock from drowning in a pond.

This happened early Monday morning while it was still dark. Since then, everyone has been calling Hunter a hero.

"With the help of this son (Hunter) right here, I have my daughter still," Brittany Brock, Myla's mom, told WBRZ.

Hunter Robertson says the calm pond is usually used for fishing, but that all changed when his mom, Sharrah Robertson, woke him up Monday, saying she heard something in the water.

"My mom kind of woke me up at around 5:45 AM, saying there was a child giggling in the water, and I said 'You are crazy,'" Hunter said, but the teen obeyed his mother anyway and went outside.

That's when he heard the noise and saw ripples in the water. Those ripples came from four-year-old Myla, who is nonverbal.

"I heard something splash, I looked and I couldn't see anything, so I jumped in the kayak," Hunter said.

Using his training from being on the Denham Springs fishing team, he continued to paddle towards the ripples, with one thought going through his head.

"Please let me find her in time. I don't want anything bad to happen," Hunter said.

He finally found Myla in the water.

"I saw her but it was a quick second, and I only saw her foot, so I just grabbed it and threw her in," Hunter said.

Myla is safe and healthy, and her mother is still able to hold her after a nightmare situation. "Someone who can't talk needed help, and that happened to be my daughter," Brock said.

Everyone is celebrating Hunter's bravery including his younger sister Harley, and his former teacher Karen Smith.

"He has always been a really good kid, so we weren't surprised," Smith said.

His parents, Sharrah and Chase Robertson, are also proud of their son.

"This is him, every day. He would drop what he is doing and do anything to help anyone," Sharrah said.

Hunter isn't taking all the credit for the rescue. "I'm not the hero. God is," Hunter said, "He exists. He held that girl up for 45 minutes until I got to her."

Now, a family is still whole because of the courage of a teenager. "He was brave and he did what he was supposed to do," Sharrah said.

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