PG Co. officer gets food, hotel for homeless mom, child

Corporal Che Atkinson, a police officer in the area for eight years - but most of don't know his name. That's all starting to change after an unbelievable act of kindness was posted on the web.

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Corporal Che Atkinson has worked as a police officer in Prince George's County for eight years, but most of don't know his name. Though that would change after his act of kindness was posted on the web .

Cpl. Che Atkinson was sitting at a desk Wednesday filling out some paperwork when a front desk officer came to him.

"[He] said that there was a lady out there with a baby who was homeless," Atkinson said.

The woman told Atkinson she was in the county because she left an abusive home. She said she was staying in a shelter, but for some reason she and her daughter had to leave. She was out of options, and that is why she came to the police station in Hyattsville.

"All morning I'm calling try to get assistance. No luck," Atkinson said.

Finally he got a hold of a social worker and headed out on patrol.

When Atkinson got to work the next morning, he saw that woman sitting in the same place he'd left her the day before.

"I was like did she come back this morning?" Atkinson said. "And the other officer says ‘no I think she's been here all night.'"

With that he made a decision.

"I told her this is what I'm going to find. I'm going to find you a place…I'm going to put you up for the night," Atkinson said.

With his own money, Atkinson bought food for the woman and her baby and got them a room at one of the hotels nearby.

"It was here's somebody here with a child – one-years-old - had nowhere to go," Atkinson said. "I had the extra money. What would it hurt just to put them up for a night to make sure they're safe?"

He also tracked down a car seat for the child. As Atkinson packed their luggage in a patrol car, his sergeant was taking photos without Atkinson's knowledge.

Those photos went up on the department's Facebook page and within hours it had over 9,000 likes.

"I'm a little overwhelmed and shocked. And the reason why is it didn't seem like a big deal to me because I see other officers do stuff like this all the time," Atkinson said "It's not a big deal."

People online said what he did was far from ordinary, they say it was a "beautiful act of kindness."

"This is a helpless child so it's our duty to help and that child was definitely in need," Atkinson said.

Police said the woman and her child are now with relatives. 

 


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