December 17, 2015
The night before last, our officers had a chance to meet this sweet little girl. Unfortunately it wasn’t under the best circumstances. The girl’s mother was arrested for DUI and child endangerment (we blurred her face since she was taken into protective custody).
The girl told officers that she and her 7-year-old brother were hungry and hadn’t eaten all day. They were crying and scared because they thought they would be taken away. The officers asked the kids for their dates of birth. After telling them her birthday, the little girl added that they “got no presents this year because mommy is broke and daddy is in jail.”
Officers Cook and Vernier out of our Southwest Division knew this wasn’t acceptable. They took the kids to Walmart and bought them both presents (out of their own pockets). They also got them some food to eat before taking the kids to the shelter. Great job spreading holiday cheer Officers Cook and Vernier!