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Man charged with assaulting 3-year-old boy and infant

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Michael Proffitt (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections) Michael Proffitt (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) –

A Louisville mother is still reeling after her children were assaulted for no apparent reason, but she says good Samaritans saved them from being seriously injured.

Ruby Kapileo says she didn't know what to do when she was suddenly attacked yesterday at a Rally's, but employees there sprang into action.

A day later, three-year-old Alaurigh had already shaken off the assault that left him and his three month-old sister Christina Lee bruised.  Their mother, on the other hand, had not.

"If they wouldn't have come out, I think he would have killed him," said Ruby Kapileo.

Kapileo went into this Rally's on First Street Monday afternoon to order her son some fries. She says that's when another customer, 36-year-old Michael Proffitt, began shouting racial slurs at her children and employees. Then he started hitting both Alaurigh and Christina Lee.

"It took me a couple of seconds to respond because I couldn't believe it was happening," she said.        

Kapileo tried to defend her children, but said there was only so much she could do. She said Rally's employees immediately came to her aid, and were able to subdue Proffitt.

"I thank God for the workers that were there. They were coming through windows, they were coming through the door to help me."

Not only did the employees put an end to the attack, they held Proffitt down until police arrived.  It was an act of good samaritanism that Kapileo says she won't forget anytime soon.             

"I want to say thank you to the workers at Rally's because they took what could have been a really horrible situation and they turned it into something positive," said Kapileo. "They didn't let this man get away."

 After Proffitt was arrested, he was charged with wanton endangerment. As of Tuesday night, he was still in custody.

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