AWest Virginia police officer went viral for his moment of compassion for a stranger’s 14-month-old baby.
Sergeant Philip Bass of the St. Alban’s Police Department went to a local Kroger grocery store along with several other officers to investigate a shoplifting incident around 4 a.m., according to a SAPD press release.
That’s when they discovered there was a baby crying in the store’s bathroom. They entered and found the infant with a female family friend, who was taking care of the baby girl at the time.
“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!”
The father of three was in disbelief, adding, “I couldn’t believe what was happening. With my kids, I couldn’t imagine that happening to them.”
While the family friend was arrested, Sergeant Bass also went the extra mile and took care of the infant for several hours .
“SAPD officers purchased baby food and diapers. Sgt. Bass cared for the baby until [child protective services] could arrive a little a little after 8:30 a.m.,” the press release also said.