In an intense standoff, officers from the Little Rock Police Department rescued a baby after she was allegedly kidnapped by her father.
Officer Brittany Godfrey has a special place in her heart for children.
She calls it a “soft spot,” or even a “weakness,” but Godfrey’s inclination to put kids first likely saved the life of a 1-year-old girl in west Little Rock, Arkansas, on Dec. 19.
According to Little Rock police, 43-year-old Farris Deloney allegedly kidnapped his daughter after an explosive argument with his girlfriend in a Walmart parking lot.
Deloney put his 1-year-old daughter in the back seat of his car and sped away.
Police patrol cars chased Deloney and when the vehicles stopped, Deloney reportedly was holding a gun to his head.
Little Rock police released dash camera footage of the tense moments, showing the officer’s heroic actions to successfully de-escalate the situation and remove the child from harm.
“You can tell from the video the officers were still amped up when they first initially stopped him because you heard a lot of yelling,” Lt. Michael Ford, spokesperson for the Little Rock Police Department, told KTHV-TV.
In the footage, a scarcely-protected Godfrey can be seen prioritizing the child’s safety during the heated moment.
“What’s your baby’s name?” Godfrey asked Deloney. “How old is she?”
With a calm, assertive voice, Godfrey suggested that Deloney allow her to remove the baby from the back seat.
Knowing Deloney was armed with a gun, she rationalized with the father, telling him not to fire the gun while his daughter was still in the car.
Godfrey walked to the back door and lifted out the baby girl, who was still asleep from the car ride.
Once the child was out of danger, police focused on getting Deloney to put the gun away and come out of the car.
A situation that could have ended in tragedy ended with a father and daughter still alive, thanks to the officers who are dedicated to putting families first.
“We talked,” Godfrey later said, speaking of her conversation with an emotional Deloney. “I talked to him while I was trying to get her out and he said, ‘I don’t want to hurt her, I don’t want to hurt you.’
“It was all between him, it was all fighting his demons.”
Police said Deloney was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, all of which he has pleaded not guilty.
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