When police responded to a shoplifting call at a West Virginia Kroger grocery store, they weren’t expecting to find this in the bathroom.
Sgt Philip Bass of the St. Albans police was part of the team that responded to the call about someone shoplifting a Christmas tree at the Kroger when they were informed that a woman and baby had been the in the bathroom for over 20 minutes. Donnyell Harrison, 39, reportedly locked herself in the store’s bathroom with a 14-month-old crying baby.
“The lady let us in the bathroom and then we saw her, and this little baby, she was sitting in a buggy with a baby bottle of Dr. Pepper,” Bass told WCHS-TV. ‘And she said, “Well, I didn’t have anything else to give her!” And I said, “Well, you’re in Kroger!”
In A Store Full Of Food
Seargent Bass was horrified when he saw the baby drinking soda instead of formula. When he asked why the little infant didn’t have any real food, Donnyell claimed she didn’t have anything else to give the baby. The Seargent didn’t buy that excuse, especially since they were in a grocery store!
While being in a grocery store, the officer found it inexcusable that the woman couldn’t provide any other food for the baby other than filling her bottle with soda.
Harrison, who’s not the baby’s mother was arrested and charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute, police stated in a news release.
The baby’s mother is currently serving time in jail and had left the baby with another person, who then gave her to Harrison to care for.
Officer Bass fell into a familiar role as he cared for the child until Child Protective Services could arrive and take over.
“Sometimes we’re a warrior, sometimes we’re a guardian, sometimes we’re a babysitter!” Cpt James Agee told WCHS-TV.
He’s Already A Dad
The sergeant stocked up on necessities for the cute little girl by purchasing toys, food, and diapers. Then, he setup camp for 4 hours at the police department while waiting for protective services to arrive. A father himself, he couldn’t imagine this happening to his own kids.
Philip was happy to do his job and step in as a temporary dad when needed. Since the child’s mother is currently incarcerated, the baby girl will go to a loving family in a foster home.
New Beginning For Baby Girl
Cops and cute babies always make a great story. Seargent Bass is certainly a hero for rescuing this little tot! But, what’s even better is a happy ending for the little girl. She’s no longer in the hands of a negligent caregiver, and that’s a great start all on its own.