On Jan. 9, a Kentucky man who spanked his girlfriend's child called Child Protective Services to turn himself in.
Derek Thompson, 32, contacted authorities after he left multiple red marks and bruises on the 3-year-old's rear end, reports WDRB.
Upon making the phone call, an officer with the Elizabethtown Police Department drove to Thompson's residence where the man admitted he spanked the child four or five times.
After looking at the bruises, the police officer said that it was "still significant." He charged Thompson with third-degree criminal abuse of a child, a misdemeanor, before sending the man off to the Hardin County Detention Center.
Thompson was released the next day on a $500 unsecured bond, reports The News-Enterprise. No subsequent court date has been set.
Authorities praised Thompson's call and confession, adding such calls are extremely rare and calling it an "unusual twist."
"I've never personally seen a child abuse defendant call social services to report his own abuse," said John Thomas, a spokesperson for the Elizabethtown Police Department.
"I believe that is commendable that the suspect took the steps to try to rectify his very serious mistake," he added.
While it doesn't happen very often, Thompson isn't the first person to turn himself in for a crime.
In October 2017, Michael Zaydel, 21, captured international attention after he followed through on a promise to turn himself in to Michigan police, reports The Telegraph.
Zaydel vowed he would give himself up if over 1,000 shared the police department's Facebook post about his arrest warrant. He ended up not only turning himself in, but also followed through on an additional promise to bring doughnuts.
"This evening at approximately 6:30 pm Michael Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants," the police department posted on Facebook. "He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the donuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback."
Zaydel was then sentenced to 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaking the terms of his probation.
He was charged with misdemeanors for two probation violations, one for operating a vehicle while impaired and another for attempted assault, police told NBC news.
Sources: WDRB, The News-Enterprise, The Telegraph, Redford Township Police Department/Facebook (2), NBC News / Featured Image: Max Pixel / Embedded Images: Public Domain Pictures,Rainerzufall1234/Wikimedia Commons