SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -

A Southfield mother is breathing a sigh of relief after finding out her mother-in-law and two young children weren’t hurt when a man broke down a back door of their home Thursday afternoon.

Doris Nwamba said her mother-in-law was watching her 2-year-old and 3-year-old children at their home on Stratford when a man tried to break into the home.

Nwamba said her mother-in-law heard the commotion, grabbed the children and ran to a bedroom to call 911.

Southfield police responded but the man was apparently scared away by the grandmother’s screams.

“I’m just surprised and it’s pretty scary. It could happen to anyone,” Nwamba said. “Everybody’s fine. I’m glad that no one is hurt.”

Doris Nwamba

--Doris Nwamba

Police said they don’t have a description of the attempted home invader, but a neighbor who was out raking leaves told them he had spotted a man driving suspiciously around the neighborhood in a car that had faded red paint.