Officers Locate Two-Month Old Baby

Thursday, August 02, 2012

​On Sunday, July 29 at approximately 3:20 a.m., officers responded to assist fire at the Old Cavalier Hotel located at 4200 Atlantic Avenue.  Once on scene, fire personnel advised officers they had encountered a female who was behaving strangely.  The female expressed to Second Precinct Officer Mason her desire to be transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Master Police Officer Cheatham, who was working part-time at the hospital, heard the female talking about her two-month old baby.  MPO Cheatham took it upon himself to investigate the baby’s whereabouts.  The woman could not explain to the officer where the baby was or who if anyone was caring for the baby.  The officer contacted Emergency Communications in an attempt to locate the baby.  Over the course of 3 hours, Officer Mason tried to confirm the location and condition of the baby but was unsuccessful.  Officer Mason used every resource available to include goggling possible names of relatives.  Officers from another precinct were utilized to check on possible addresses and phone numbers to locate any relatives to include the father of the child.  Child Protective Services and detectives were also contacted and advised of the situation.  The baby was ultimately located at the woman’s residence approximately 2 miles from the hotel at 8:45 a.m.  It appeared the baby was alone for at least 6 hours and was uninjured.  The baby was turned over to the care of Child Protective Services after being medically cleared.  It was learned the baby’s father and the woman’s father were out of town and both were unaware of the situation.

Thanks to the quick actions of MPO Cheatham who was concerned enough to investigate the well being of the baby and Officer Mason’s tireless investigation into the whereabouts of the baby.  Also, a great job by Sgt. A. Jones with her coordinating efforts of all the personnel and agencies involved.  This is yet another example of the dedication to our department, our values and citizens by our officers.  Job Well Done!