Cops Bring Baby Formula For Hungry Toddler After Mom Called 911 Seeking Help

Cops Bring Baby Formula For Hungry Toddler After Mom Called 911 Seeking Help

Shannon, mom of five, had no other choice but to call 911 for help at around 2 a.m. because her baby was hungry and just wouldn't stop crying.

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An emergency is an emergency, irrespective of which category it falls into. Police officers in Highland, Utah, recently helped a mom out after she called to say she's run out of formula late at night, saying it was an emergency, reports People. Shannon Bird, who is a mother of five, called 911 just after 2:00 a.m. local time when she realized she was unable to feed her 6-week-old baby who was really hungry, according to KSL-TV. She just did not have food at the time and this was the first time it had happened to her. “I’ve never not had food for my newborn,” Shannon Bird said about her decision to call police at 2:12 a.m. on Jan. 28. “It was really scary for me.”


Bird told the emergency responders that she had no way to feed the baby and calling them was a last resort. “I’ve been calling neighbors and no one will answer,” she said on the call. “I’ve never been in this predicament ever. My milk just literally dried out. This is my fifth kid and this has never happened.” She was alone at home with her five kids as her husband was out of town. She mentioned that the rest of her children were sound asleep.


Normally she breastfeeds her infants, so she just did not have any formula around. “She was screaming,” Bird said about her newborn on that night. “I called my husband and we were brainstorming. I started calling neighbors and teenagers in the area and my little brother and no one was awake.” Officers with Lone Peak police were at the receiving end of the call. Officer Brett Wagstaff immediately headed to a convenience store, picked up a gallon of milk and delivered it to Bird’s front door after the call. 


However, he soon discovered that the toddler was too young for regular milk and all the baby could have was infant formula. “We’ll leave this with you,” Wagstaff is heard saying on body-camera footage as he handed Bird the milk. “We’ll be right back with some formula for your baby — she’s adorable.” Wagstaff and fellow officer Konner Gabbitas soon headed to a Walmart nearby and returned with the formula and refused to accept any cash in return. 


“That’s the same stuff we gave my daughter when she was first born, so hopefully it doesn’t upset her stomach,” Wagstaff’s camera captured him saying to Bird. “I was not expecting them to go get that food for me,” Bird said, adding that her initial thought was to go to the store herself and have officers patrol her house while her 8-year-old son monitored his sleeping siblings. Lone Peak Police Department’s public information officer was proud of his fellow officers’ actions that night and applauded him. 


“Most of us, we got on this job to help people, and this was an example of helping out a mother that was in need,” said Officer Dave Ventrano. He also mentioned that this was the first time he heard of a case like this in his 15 years of work, but it was an emergency nonetheless. “To this mom, this is a priority for her,” he said. “It’s been about protect and serve. This is part of the serve. We are here to serve the public.”


Bird couldn’t thank her middle-of-the-night helpers enough and was glad the responding officers were parents who understood her plight. “Thank you for helping people in situations where they can’t help themselves in emergencies,” she said. Bird's call to 911 was so they could come over and protect her kids while she stepped out to go get formula for her baby, but the events that unfurled have left her surprised and touched. 


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