An Alabama police officer cuddling a baby, after her parents had overdosed, has gone viral. Police officer Michelle Burton found four young kids at a housing community. Neighbors called the police, after hearing children crying and finding their parents unconscious.
Their father, aged 30, had died and their mother, aged 35 barely had a pulse. Ambulance doctors gave her a dose of Narcan, a quick acting anti-opioid and then took her to the hospital.
The couple’s four children were petrified. A 1-month-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy, a 3-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl were at the scene and they cried for help once they realized they can’t wake their parents.
The neighbors were doing their best to comfort the children.
The law says that in such situations, children have to be taken to family court and given to the Child Protective Services, once their parent is deemed unfit to raise them.
Michelle Burton was one of the officers who got at the scene. She told her husband she would be late from work that day.
The situation marked her and she decided to help the children, to the best of her ability.
Another officer gave the boys his flashlight, causing the toddlers to run around playing with it.
The 7-year-old girl seemed quieter. She needed someone to sign her homework, so she could return it to school.
Burton felt heart-broken. She told the girl she won’t have to go to school tomorrow and that she’d be taken in a safe place, with everything she needs.
In the apartment, there was baby formula. Officers were buying vending machine treats for the rest of the kids. A lot of the police team are parents so they went into parenting mode.
Officer Burton took the baby, cuddled her, fed her and the infant soon fell asleep. The photo of Burton and the baby went viral. Her husband saw the photo and was impressed.
As police officers, they have to be on duty in a variety of scenarios. So part of their job is to have a soft side, to protect victims. Unfortunately, there are more and more situations like this one occurring across America.
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