A police officer in Prince George’s County, Maryland, went above and beyond the call of duty by to help a homeless mother and her 1-year-old daughter.
The Prince George’s County Police shared Corporal Che’ Atkinson’s story on Facebook, which prompted many to applaud the officer for going the extra mile.
According to the Facebook post, Atkinson noticed the mother and child sitting in the lobby of a police station in Hyattsville, and saw that they had several bags with them. She proceeded to tell the officer that she was a victim of domestic violence and was recently left homeless. In an act of desperation, she ended up at the police station.
Moved by the mother’s story, Atkinson set out to do whatever he could to help.
“He was also able to find a distant relative who planned to pick up the woman and child,” the post read. Atkinson then returned to the station, and was shocked by what he found.
“On Thursday morning, Corporal Atkinson was surprised to see them still sitting in the station lobby. It turned out the family members wouldn’t be able to pick up the mother and daughter until Friday. He also learned the two hadn’t eaten in days,” the post read.
“With his own money, Corporal Atkinson rented the woman and her child a hotel room. He found a child car seat and put it in his cruiser in order to safely transport the little girl to the hotel. He also bought them food and drinks.”
Following Atkinson’s incredible act of kindness, support poured in from citizens praising his selfless actions.
“Great job Corporal Atkinson! Proud to have police officers like you around! You were a gift to the women and her child, and without you who knows where they could have ended up!” one reader commented.
“God bless you, Corporal Atkinson! Prayers for the mother and her child, as well!” another said.