CINCINATTI, Ohio (WRIC/ABC) — A photo of a police officer in Ohio showing kindness to a toddler is warming thousands of hearts as it makes the rounds online.
Officer Will Nastold of the Cincinnati Police Department was captured comforting a 2-year-old child at the station after the boy was found wandering the city streets on Feb. 2.
“It was quite obvious that [the boy] was cranky and was in need of a nap,” Sergeant Daniel Hils told ABC News. “He did not want to be left alone, so Officer Nastold willingly laid down on the carpet and was trying to get him to nap. [I was] extremely proud of him. Here’s a guy that’s got his bulletproof vest and his gear [on] and is doing all he can.”
Hils said Officer Jamie Landrum responded to a 9-1-1 call from a citizen who reported a little boy wandering the streets in Cincinnati.
“Jamie Landrum responded and decided he wasn’t properly clothed,” Hils said. “She bought him diapers and clothes.”
The boy was brought to the police station. While Landrum filled out the police report, Officer Nastold was seen laying beside him, playing and trying to get him to nap.
Hils, president of the Fraternal Order of Police #69, shared the photo on the union’s Facebook page, where it racked up over 5,000 likes.
“He was laying there comforting him,” Hils said. “If he were to get up, the child would cry. I was equally proud of Jamie.”
Hils said the child’s mother was charged and taken to jail, while social services placed the child with a relative.