Authorities in California are among those praising one of their own for a good deed that will literally transform a newborn’s life.
According to Fox News, 33-year-old Santa Rosa officer Jason Whitten befriended a pregnant homeless woman who told him the unborn baby needed a home.
“She didn’t ask for assistance the way a typical call for service goes, she was looking for a home and a family for her unborn baby,” a Santa Rosa Police Department statement read.
Whitten said he was already familiar with “her life and her story” after having worked at a camp where she and her children lived.
“When she started talking about them, I had an immediate connection with her just by knowing who her wonderful children were.”
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the child’s father said the woman had been addicted to drugs.
Not only did he respond to her crisis by transporting her to a drug rehabilitation facility, Whitten took the decisive step of telling the woman that he would adopt her child.
He said he did not know whether she was serious when she initially asked him, but soon realized she was sincere.
“She said, ‘I know you had daughters, I knew you were firm but you were fair,'” Whitten said. “She had this vision of her daughters playing in tutus with her sisters. That’s what she she said she wanted.”
Late last month, about six months after she was born, the officer legally added Harlow Maisey Whitten to his family.
“I fell in love right away,” he said. “She’s so adorable.”
The adoring new father went on to describe his interactions with his new baby.
“She will cry if she needs something, obviously as babies do,” he said. “But as soon as we would touch her, she’d immediately stop crying. She knew right away that she was safe.”
[Featured image: Jason Whitten, Santa Rosa Police Department]