LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Video of a Los Angeles police officer comforting a toddler police say was left behind after a crash over the weekend has gone viral.
When LAPD Ofr. John Neal Cooke arrived on scene to the crash early Saturday morning, he thought it was just a typical hit-and-run: a vehicle had struck a fire hydrant that was spewing water.
“Witnesses tell us, ‘Hey, there was only one person involved and she went running down the street,’ ” he said.
But it turned out the crash was anything but typical when he said another officer checked the back seat and said, “you guys, there’s a baby in here.”
Police said the 2-year-old boy had been left by himself by his 27-year-old mother who crashed and then took off.
But video of how LAPD officers, including Cooke, calmed the scared child soon went viral.