Police officer pays for homeless mother, daughter to stay in hotel, eat

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(FOX News) - A hungry, homeless mother, who said she was a victim of domestic violence, took her one-year-old daughter to the lobby of a Maryland police department last week because she had nowhere else to go.

Cpl. Che’ Atkinson changed that.

Atkinson first saw the homeless woman, who was not identified, on Wednesday morning, sitting in the lobby of the District I station in Hyattsville. She had been staying at a homeless shelter, but had to leave for an unidentified reason, according to WUSA9. Atkinson tried getting a distant relative to pick the pair up and take them in. The relative initially agreed but, on Thursday morning, Atkinson found the mother and daughter still stuck in the lobby. The relative wouldn’t be able to come for at least another day – and it had already been two days since the woman and her daughter had eaten.

“With his own money, Corporal Atkinson rented the woman and her child a hotel room,” the Facebook post said. “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.”

Atkinson said he didn’t think his involvement was “a big deal.”

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