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CLINTON, La. –¬†Authorities¬†say an 11-year-old girl helped rescue her mother who was being held against her will after alerting her teachers of the scary situation.

Officials in Clinton, Louisiana say the girl came to school with a handwritten note from her mother, explaining she was being held hostage and asked that someone call police.

According to WBRZ, school administrators called the sheriff’s office when they read the note.

The sheriff’s office assembled a team, and thanks to the girl, they found the mother at a Clinton, Louisiana home. Inside, they found Donald Ray Guy hiding in a closet. He was arrested.

Officials say he was already facing domestic abuse and battery charges.

CNN reports the mother and daughter were reunited after the arrest.