Swamp Rescue Hero Trashed by Skeptics

Skeptics are tearing down the man who rescued an 11-year-old girl from alligator-infested swampland, saying he should take a lie detector test. INSIDE EDITION has the latest.

James King earned national attention after single-handedly finding 11-year-old Nadia Bloom, who'd been lost in the swampland near Orlando for five days.  But skeptics are already tearing this hero down.  Much of the skepticism is due to King’s tone of voice as he talks to Nadia on the 911 call.

After Nadia was carried to safety, police investigated King's story and his background and found that everything checked out.  He was squeaky clean.

But on Good Morning America, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos spoke about the nay-sayers.

King is being savaged by bloggers.  One guy compared him to the infamous Balloon Boy hoaxer, saying, "Something does smell fishy here. Shades of balloon boy."

Another blogger writes, "I'd make him take a lie-detector test."


INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander asked King how he felt about the barrage of insults coming his way.

"Oh it doesn't affect me at all.  I'm glad to take a lie detector test," said King.

King says God led him to the little girl and that triggered even more criticism.

Joy Behar ridiculed him on The View, saying, "Who needs an Amber Alert now? You know, you don’t need an Amber Alert anymore.  Why doesn't God tell every other person where to find all these other missing children?"

One blogger wrote, "This guy and his 'give glory to the Lord' routine are sickening."

"It's almost as if you are too good to be true," said INSIDE EDITION’s Megan Alexander.

King said, "There are some people who you can do something right in front of.  You can do a miracle in front of them and it doesn’t matter. You are always going to have the naysayers."

King is being defended by others bloggers.  One blogger said, "Shame on all of you who have said negative things against this man."

Another said, "No reason to start casting suspicion. Such a shame we have come to this."

Nadia's parents, Tanya and Jeff Bloom, have no doubts about their daughter's rescuer.

"We just can't say thank you enough to everyone and especially Mr. King for bringing back our child."