WASHINGTON — A Prince George’s County officer is being praised after helping a recently-homeless mother and her one-year-old daughter.
Police say Corporal Che’ Atkinson noticed a woman sitting in the lobby of their District I station in Hyattsville around 8 a.m. Wednesday. She had a small child with her and several bags.
The woman told the corporal she was doing okay, but police say the situation still bothered Corporal Atkinson. He continued to talk to the woman who told the officer she was a victim of domestic violence and had recently become homeless.
Police say she had come to the police station because she had nowhere else to go.
Corporal Atkinson then set out to get the woman and her one-year-old daughter assistance from local resources. Police say he was also able to find a distant relative who planned to pick up the woman and child.
On Thursday morning, Corporal Atkinson was surprised to see them still sitting in the station lobby. It turned out the family members wouldn’t be able to pick up the mother and daughter until Friday. He also learned the two hadn’t eaten in days.
Police say with his own money, Corporal Atkinson rented the woman and her child a hotel room. He found a child car seat and put it in his cruiser in order to safely transport the little girl to the hotel. He also bought them food and drinks.
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