Heartbreaking Photo Shows Officer Comforting Baby Whose Parents Reportedly Overdosed
This Alabama police officer was captured going above and beyond the call of duty, comforting a 1-month-old infant of parents who had reportedly overdosed.
Officer Michelle Burton returned home from work at 4 a.m., but when someone from the Birmingham South Precinct sent a photo from her shift to her husband, he immediately burst into tears.
The photo showed Burton carrying a 1-month-old baby girl, who was sound asleep after cops said her parents were rushed to the hospital for a drug overdose.
Also waiting in the precinct were the baby girl's 7-year-old sister, 2-year-old brother, and 3-year-old brother.
"I didn't even know their names," Officer Burton told InsideEdition.com. "I just know they needed to be taken care of, and that's what we did."
She explained that the night began with a 9 p.m. call about two adults who were unresponsive following a drug overdose.
"The 7-year-old daughter couldn't get them to wake up," Burton said.
While the children's mother was transported to the hospital, she said the father died at the scene.
"The oldest one, the 7-year-old, you can tell she was thinking about things a lot, but when you talked to her, she wouldn't say anything," Burton told InsideEdition.com. "They didn't act sad at any point. They didn't really know what was going on, so they just went with it."
As Burton and other officers stayed beyond their shifts to make sure all four young children were cared for and comforted, another officer snapped a photo, and sent it to her husband, Brian Burton, who posted it to Facebook.
"I've never seen her more beautiful than in this picture," he wrote. "What an incredible woman."