September 26, 2021
A Fayetteville Police Officer helped rescue a 1-year-old baby moments after he was left abandoned in the car by his parents. The toddler's mom and dad had overdosed on heroin, leaving the child neglected and alone.
Tragic incidents happen nearly every day, but the ones involving children are nothing short of heart-wrenching. A similar situation unfolded in North Carolina when a policeman received a 911 call about passengers inside a car.
According to the Fayetteville Police Department, someone had stumbled upon a car in the parking lot of the Westwood Shopping Center around 7 am on Friday. The car had two people inside, slumped over and unconscious.
When one of the police officers leaned over to take a closer look, he was completely astonished and moved by what he saw. There was also a 1-year-old boy in the car. Fayetteville Police Sgt. Jeremy Glass shared his thoughts on the incident:
"This is something that we see routinely, and it's sad."
The Fayetteville Police also captured a heart-touching picture of the incident on Facebook, which has garnered several likes and comments from people praising the police and wishing well for the child.
The picture shows Officer Michael Sheeley consoling the baby in his arms while waiting for his grandparents to arrive. The police officials have taken action against the child's parents, 28-year-old Joshua Write and 26-year-old Alicia Kowszik, who are both Fayetteville residents.
Thankfully, the baby was caught just in time by a police officer, who was positioned just beneath the second floor.
The parents were arrested under charges of possession of heroin, overdose, and leading to the delinquency of a minor. According to security footage, the car arrived on the spot at 10:50 pm a night before and was spotted by a passerby the next morning.
Glass pointed out that kids are often the innocent victims of drug abuse, and he's dealt with similar incidents before. The police also included the number for national substance abuse and mental health services: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) on the Facebook post.
One of the users on Facebook said: "This makes me so sick to my stomach...my son will be 1 next month that poor baby...thank goodness for the concerned citizens...and props to this officer (sic)."
Another user commented: "So sad, but it’s even sadder they couldn’t be parents that child deserved." The Facebook post was shared by The Fayetteville Police on September 17 and continues to grab the attention of netizens.
This isn't the first time a baby's life has been jeopardized because of adults. Recently, a 1-year-old infant's life was put at stake by an unidentified man who threatened to drop the baby from the second-floor balcony of a New Jersey building.
Thankfully, the baby was caught just in time by a police officer, who was positioned just beneath the second floor. While the infant suffered no physical injuries, he was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure and was discharged in very little time.
The kid was saved by police officer Eduardo Matute, and the culprit was taken into custody by the JCPD on charges of attempts to murder, aggravated assault, and jeopardizing the welfare of a child.
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