Maryland Police Officer Uses his Own Money to Pay for Food and a Hotel Room for Woman and Baby Escaping Abusive Home

Cpl. Che Atkinson   WUSA9
Cpl. Che Atkinson

Last Wednesday was just another day at work for Cpl. Che Atkinson of the Prince George’s County, Md., Police Department. He was sitting at a desk filling out some paperwork when a front-desk officer came up to him saying that there was a homeless woman at the station with her baby.

The woman told Atkinson that she was in Prince George’s County because she had left an abusive home. She had been staying at a shelter but had to leave for some reason. The woman told Atkinson that she was out of options when she came to the Hyattsville police station.

Atkinson went into action to get some help for the woman.

“All morning I’m calling, trying to get assistance; no luck,” Atkinson told news station WUSA9.

Atkinson finally got ahold of a social worker and then continued about his business. His work, however, wasn’t done yet. The next morning, when he arrived at work, he saw the woman sitting in the same spot where he’d left her yesterday.

“I was like, ‘Did she come back this morning?’” Atkinson said. “And the other officer says, ‘No, I think she’s been here all night.’”

That was when he decided that enough was enough and took it upon himself to help out the woman with his own money.

“I told her this is what I’m going to find. I’m going to find you a place … I’m going to put you up for the night,” the officer told the news station. Atkinson paid for a room at a nearby hotel as well as some food for the woman and her baby.

“It was, here’s somebody here with a child—1 years old—had nowhere to go,” Atkinson said. “I had the extra money. What would it hurt just to put them up for a night to make sure they’re safe?”

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Source: The Root | BREANNA EDWARDS

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