The child was unharmed and eventually rested safely in the arms of an officer.
Bottlefeeding a baby is typically not in the job description of uniformed officers who work hard to keep crime off the streets. But when troopers in Southeast Texas had a baby in their arms right after making an arrest, they could not help but be reminded of their own children at home.
The officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety for the Southeast Texas Region were after a driver and two passengers that had escaped in a stolen Cadillac. But soon enough, the troopers were eventually able to catch the driver and passengers as well as recover the vehicle.
Inside the stolen Cadillac, the officers found a 5-month-old baby and they stepped in to take care of the child as they would their own, according to EverythingLubbock.com.
"A driver and two passengers found themselves jailed last week in Harris County after fleeing from Troopers in a Cadillac that was reported stolen," wrote the Texas Department of Public Safety - Southeast Texas Region on Facebook. "During the arrest, Troopers saw a five-month-old child in the vehicle. As many of the Troopers on-scene were fathers, they immediately began caring for the baby. Once things settled down, the child found caring arms and a relaxing bottle."
In the short while that they cared for the child, they found that the baby's family didn't have too many clothes for the little one and decided to help.
"When Troopers learned the family had only a few clothes for the child, they knew they had to act and donated clothes from some of their own children," added the department's post. "In the end, we are thankful no one was hurt and the child was safe and unharmed."
In another incident where a police officer felt sympathy for a neglected baby, officer Celeste Ayala from Argentina took a moment out while working on guard duty at a children's hospital to breastfeed a crying baby that was malnourished, according to Mirror.
Upon hearing the baby cry uncontrollably out of hunger, the officer asked the nurses if she could hold and feed the child, who was described as "smelly and dirty." Celeste soon noticed that the starving baby started feeling more at ease after she sat on a chair and began breastfeeding him.
"I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him," the officer told local media in 2018, back when the picture of her feeding the child went viral. "It was a sad moment, it broke my soul seeing him like this, society should be sensitive to the issues affecting children, it cannot keep happening."
Celeste's colleague who captured the moment said, "I want to make public this great gesture of love you made today for this little baby who you did not know, but for who you did not hesitate to act like a mother. You did not care if he was dirty, which is what the hospital staff called him. Good job mate."
Cover image source: Texas Department of Public Safety - Southeast Texas Region