The infant’s diaper hadn’t been changed in some time, her clothing was “dirty,” and there was something wrapped around her neck that was preventing her from breathing properly.
When police officers respond to a call they have a general idea of the situation they’re about to encounter.
Farmington police and Utah Transit Authority had to deal with a possible assault on a train, but how one officer handled the situation earned him praise.
Recently police were called to a train station in Utah.
According to a local report, a blind man was allegedly assaulted by a woman on Utah’s FrontRunner train. The woman reportedly told him not to hurt her 2-month-old child who was with her.
He contacted the authorities.
When they arrived, they noticed a woman in need of help.
“It was pretty apparent immediately that she was having some type of psychiatric issue going on,” Sgt. Christoper Pope of the Davis County Sheriff’s Office told News4Utah.
Since the officers weren’t going to charge the woman with assault—they took her to a hospital for treatment—they needed to bring her daughter somewhere safe.
But before they could do that there was something else that had to be done.
Officers also offered assistance to the woman’s daughter.
Pope noted that the infant’s diaper hadn’t been changed in some time, her clothing was “dirty,” and there was something wrapped around her neck that was preventing her from breathing properly.
So, Officer Ballard of the Farmington Police Department got down on the ground and started changing the baby’s diaper right there on the platform.
The baby desperately needed a new diaper.
Davis County Sheriff’s Office shared photos of Ballard’s good deed on Facebookand he was quickly praised for his work.
“Thank you for your compassion and humility Officer Ballard!” one woman wrote.
“Police officers do heroic things every day, some just by doing their jobs to keep us safe,” another person wrote. “This young man has got to have a caring heart to do this for a distressed mother with a baby. Thanks to all who responded to this situation. I hope the mother was able to get some mental health help that day too.”
Officers brought the 2-month-old back to the police station.
News4Utah reported that once officers cleaned up the baby and transported the woman to the hospital, they brought the girl back to their station where DCFS picked her up and were working to reunite her with her family.