Cpl. Che' Atkinson of the Prince Georges County Police Department says he was just doing his duty when a homeless mother fleeing domestic violence and her 1-year-old daughter arrived in the lobby of the department's District 1 station.
The unidentified woman had nowhere else to go. According the department's Facebook page, Cpl. Atkinson "immediately set out to get the woman and her one-year-old daughter assistance from local resources. He was also able to find a distant relative who planned to pick up the woman and child."
But then he found her in the lobby the next morning ...
It turns out that the woman's relative wasn't able to pick them up for another day. Atkinson also found out that neither the woman nor her daughter had eaten in two days.
Cpl. Atkinson bought them food and drinks, then put them up in a hotel using his own money.
He also got a car seat to transport the little girl to the hotel.
All of this would have just been another day on the job for Cpl. Atkinson, except his sergeant took a few pictures while he packed the family's belongings into his car, the posted the pics to the department's Facebook page.
The pictures and story went viral.
"It was here's somebody here with a child — 1 years old — had nowhere to go," Atkinson told WUSA9. "I had the extra money. What would it hurt just to put them up for a night to make sure they're safe?"