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July 10, 2018

Police officers discovered pregnant mother living in abandoned home with 2-year-old boy

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When the police officers received a call about a pregnant mother and her 2-year-old son living in a vacant home in Milwaukee, they immediately sprang into action.

In 2017, a neighbor called the Milwaukee police officers to say a mother and her child were living inside the house near 29th and Locust, as reported by Fox6 News.

The abandoned and boarded-up two-story house has no plumbing, heat, and electricity.

According to Fox6 News, Police Officer Daniel Resnick said: "I came into the bedroom and observed winter sheets on the bed. I just moved the sheets and that's when I saw the two-year-old for the first time."

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The toddler was sleeping with three jackets on because the house was extremely cold. Officer Vincenzo Paolo took the little boy into a warm squad. He also noticed that the only food in the house was a bag of chips.

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"But because of his jacket, his three coats, he couldn't get his hand inside the bag of chips. It was so thick and I actually had to feed him chips," Fox6 News quoted Officer Paolo as saying.

Another officer gave the 2-year-old a meal. "He was really hungry. Scarfed it down," said Officer Paolo. "It hurts my heart to see children like this. It's unfortunate, but we see this quite often."

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The officers stated that they are delighted they could help the little boy to have a better life, even for a brief time.

"It was great. He was like, playing with my bracelet. My daughter made it for me and I always wear it to work," Officer Paolo explained.

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"I was trying to do anything I could to occupy his mind and take it off of what was going on. I know these kids go through a lot of difficult times. I try to make every encounter with the police a good encounter," he added.

As reported by Fox6 News, the child is now safe and his mother is also getting help.

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