Officers Mix Baby Formula By Flashlight

| by Zara Zhi
Deputy Sam Rodriguez Feeding The InfantDeputy Sam Rodriguez Feeding The Infant

When deputies pulled over an alleged drunk driver in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, they had no idea their job would entail mixing baby formula by the side of the road.

Jeffrey Salas, 24, was reportedly driving under the influence on Feb. 8 with three small children in his car, a 5-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 2-month-old infant.

Officers Roger Garcia and Sam Rodriguez say the 2-month-old was sitting in her car seat, but it was unbuckled, according to KOAT.

"We had to remove him from the kids’ view," Rodriguez said of arresting Salas. "The last thing we wanted to do was expose these kids to a negative law enforcement [encounter] with their father.”

“What hurt me the most is when we asked [about the last time they ate], they couldn't remember," Garcia said, reports Little Things. "And they were hungry.”

Three other officers arrived to help feed the children. They went to McDonald’s to get meals for the older kids while Garcia mixed baby formula by the light of a flashlight as Rodriguez held the infant in a pink blanket he got from his church.

"It was a bunch of cops in uniform trying to make a bottle on the side of the road. We had a cold water bottle and we're trying to use our heater to warm up the water for him,” said Rodriguez.

The deputies also changed the baby's diapers.

"It was really hard to be professional when we had such strong opinions about the morality of the situation. We really tried to keep it together for the welfare of the kids. We tried to be happy with them and give them a secure feeling,” Rodriguez said.

Salas’ children were later given to the Children, Youth and Families Department. 

“I've always baby-sat since I was a kid, but I've never done it with a gun on my belt in the passenger seat of a patrol car with a rifle next to me,” said Rodriguez.

The officers snapped pictures of the incident and once Rodriguez -- who isn’t a father -- showed them to his wife, she told him, “Honey, it’s time to start a family.”

Sources: Little Things, KOAT / Photo credit: Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department via Little Things

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