When a 27-year-old woman crashed into a fire hydrant in Los Angeles, she left something behind-—her 2-year-old son. Police officers who responded to the crash thought it was a typical hit-and-run situation until they looked in the backseat of the vehicle. That’s where they found the boy who was crying uncontrollably, CBS Los Angeles reported.
Instead of letting the child continue to cry, LAPD Officer John Neal Cooke picked up the toddler, who was reaching out to him, and comforted him, CBS News reported. Even though Cooke has seen a lot in his seven years as an LAPD officer, he said he was surprised to find the boy in the car.
“It was pretty shocking to think, not only did she leave him at all, but the fact she left him in such a dangerous situation,” he said according to CBS Los Angeles.
As Cooke calmed and soothed the child, patting him on the back and giving him a bottle, someone was filming. Soon, the footage of Cooke taking care of the child went viral.
According to CBS Los Angeles, after he was found, the boy was taken to a hospital for examination and then turned over to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Cooke said to CBS Los Angeles that he thinks the boy was released to relatives. He said he plans to visit him soon.
According to CBS Los Angeles, the boy’s mom was arrested and released on bail. She will be charged with child endangerment.
Watch the video of the incident below.