Cops Pull Over Drunk Driver, Devastated To Find 3 Starving Children Inside Vehicle
Police officers are faced with things every single day that would make most of us sick, such as murder, violence, domestic abuse, and addiction.
For many of our men and women in blue, dealing with these issues is just one more day on the job. But a recent encounter left two New Mexico deputies shaken to the core. They encountered such a depraved situation that it likely took away their breath at first.
According to the Epoch Times, The incident happened back in 2016. Deputies Sam Rodriguez and Roger Garcia worked for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department at the time. They noticed that a car was driving erratically while they were out patrolling one day, so they turned on their lights and pulled the car over. They figured that the driver was drunk.
Sure enough, the man driving was intoxicated. According to KOAT News, Jeffery Salas was the 24-year-old driver of the car. However, that wasn’t the shocking part of the story at all.
Salas was driving with three young children in the car. One was just a 2-month-old baby, while the other two ranged from 2-years-old to 5-years old. The 2-year-old child was not even safely buckled into a car seat at the time.
The police officers noticed one thing about the trio- their stomachs. The poor children were absolutely famished. When Garcia asked them when the last time they ate was, the kids were not able to tell them. He said you could tell how hungry they were.
“What hurt me the most is when we asked [about the last time they ate], they couldn’t remember,” Garcia said. “And they were hungry.” Deputy Roger Garcia told KVEO.
The two deputies called for backup to help remove the drunk father from the scene. They were able to do so without letting the children see what was happening. They didn’t want to scare them.
The next step was to feed the children. Some went to the nearest McDonald’s to grab some food for the older children.
“It was really hard to be professional when we had such strong opinions about the morality of the situation. We really tried to keep it together for the welfare of the kids. We tried to be happy with them and give them a secure feeling,” Deputy Sam Rodriguez continued.
However, it was the baby they had the most trouble with. They had to try to warm a bottle on their heater to get it warm enough for the baby to drink. It would have been a funny scene if not for the sad circumstances surrounding it. They also realized that they had dirty diapers to change. Luckily, they were able to use a blanket from the police car to swaddle the child in. The kids were then turned over to CYF, the Children Youth and Families Department. We hope that everything turned out okay for these young ones!
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