Cop changes baby’s diaper on train platform after mom suffered a psychiatric episode
Not part of the usual response for assault, the officer took a knee on the platform and did what was required.
For Farmington Police Department’s officers, it was just another emergency response call. But the assault response turned a different direction once the officers reached the train station, as reported by Good 4 Utah.
An emergency call was made by a blind man in Utah’s FrontRunner train. The man was allegedly assaulted by a woman, who struck him and then said to him “You are not going to harm my baby.”
As this attack was unprovoked, he called the authorities believing that the woman may not be mentally stable.
Following the protocol, officers from the local PD and the Sheriff’s department, along with the transit authority officials, arrived at the station and detained the mother and child
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It was then discovered that the mother had Schizophrenia and had had an episode while on the train. The standard course of action entailed taking the mother into custody and giving off the toddler to social services.
But as the officers took the baby from the mother, they discovered that the baby was dirty, her diaper had not been changed, and her clothing was wrapped in such a way as to restrict her breathing.
Without hesitation, Officer Ballard of the Farmington PD reportedly placed the child on the platform and then proceeded to change her diaper and wrap her up correctly, to minimize discomfort. The toddler was just two months old.
The whole episode was caught on camera and has been put up on the Davis County Sheriff’s Office official Twitter page. The mother has not been charged with assault and instead has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.
The toddler is now in custody of Department of Children and Family Services or DCFS.