10yo girl honoured for shielding baby brother from bullet

Samatha Tygret and her daughter Aaliyah Ingraham.
Samatha Tygret and her daughter Aaliyah Ingraham. Photo credit: Twitter / Clark County Nevada

A ten-year-old girl has been honoured after shielding her baby brother from a bullet in a Nevada carpark.

Aaliyah Ingraham was with her mum, 18-month-old brother, and 15-month-old cousin when they became caught in crossfire in a Walmart carpark.

Her mother Samantha Tygret told local station KVVU she likely saved her brother's life.

"She jumped on his car seat when I told her to get on the ground.

"If she hadn't done that a bullet would have hit him in the midsection."

She says she'll never be able to repay her daughter for what she did.

"My first reaction was to get out. Hers was to jump on her baby brother."

"She literally took a bullet for him."

Aaliyah was wounded by the bullet and had to have surgery, but was honoured by Clark County for her bravery last week.

In a speech at the ceremony, she said she was very grateful for the award.

"I hoped that my brother would be OK, and I wanted him to stay alive because he's really young."

Clark County told KVVU Aaliyah was a very special lady.