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Old 11-04-2018, 12:01 AM   #1
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It was 1997. East Harris County. Around midnight.

I got dispatched to a family disturbance call. I was a field training officer but my rookie had called in sick. It was the weekend, and as always, we were short-handed.

Caller said the neighbors next door were using meth and fighting. And there was a lot of screaming coming out of the house. I got there in about 5 minutes.

I walked up to the door, stepped to the side, and listened quietly for a few seconds to see what I could hear. All I heard was a baby crying. I knocked but there was no answer.

Another deputy showed up and I directed him to the rear of the house to cover the back door. I tried the front door knob and it was unlocked. I pushed it open slightly and called out “Sheriff's Office, anybody home?”.

The cries of the baby got louder.
I drew my SIG P220 and my Streamlight and started clearing the wood-framed house. Room to room to room. Nobody was in the house except for a baby lying on the floor of the living room. I stepped over her, checking the back rooms.

The house reeked of animal pee and crap. There was rotten garbage in the kitchen and dirty dishes piled up in the sink. I went back and picked up the baby and immediately noticed that she was burning up with fever. I was thinking 104-105 degrees. She also had what appeared to be flea bites all over her body. No diaper. No blanket. She appeared to be about 6 to 8 months old.

I tried to comfort her by picking her up and patting her back. She went from crying to screaming and was inconsolable.
I looked in the fridge for a bottle or some milk but it was empty. I told the other deputy to call for an ambulance and to get dispatch to call CPS and get somebody en route to the scene.

You see a lot of things as an officer, but the calls that bother you the most always involve children. I was a father of young boys at the time and this one really hit hard.

I kept bouncing and patting her back but she screamed like she was in pain...or scared. I would be lying if I said I prayed for her. But I did cry for her.

All I could think about was finding the parents and beating them to a bloody pulp with my ASP baton.

It seemed like forever but it was probably only 15 to 20 minutes before the ambulance showed up. I handed the baby off to an EMT and told him that she had a high fever and was covered with insect bites. I also told him she was probably hungry since there was no baby food in the house.

They put her in the ambulance and a few minutes later drove off.

I stood in the driveway watching the lights fade away. I meant to follow up the next day and check on her, but there were another 20 calls to run the next night and not enough time to to see how the baby was doing.

More often than not when I hear a baby crying somewhere, I wonder what happened to baby Doe. She should be around 20 years old now. I hope she's doing well. The odds are against it but you never know.

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Old 11-04-2018, 12:05 AM   #2
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Prayers for her and you. Thank you for your service.
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:13 AM   #3
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I can't even imagine how a parent could do that to a child. That's a tough situation... thank you for all you do.
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:34 AM   #4
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Prayers for her and you. Thank you for your service.
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Prayers up for the young girl/lady.

It's appalling what some of us "civilized humans" will do on account of our vices
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:53 AM   #5
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God willing she's better off than she was then

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Old 11-04-2018, 01:03 AM   #6
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It is strange at the things that stick in our heads and how the memories pop up out of no where . Prayers up for you and the girl.
Thank you for making a difference.
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Old 11-04-2018, 05:35 AM   #7
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Did you get the pleasure with the parents and the baton?
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Old 11-04-2018, 05:37 AM   #8
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Wow Chew that's tough bud. i would be very interested to see the outcome if you choose to pursue finding her, if at all possible.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:05 AM   #9
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With any luck her "hatchery" never looked for her and she was adopted by a family who gave a ****.

The first scene I can remember going to riding second man involved a toddler sharing a kids meal from McDonald's with a swarm of those little German roaches

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Old 11-04-2018, 08:13 AM   #10
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Thanks for sharing Bobby.

And a big thank you and constant prayers for all First Responders and Military for doing what y'all do. 🙏
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:15 AM   #11
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I can't even imagine how a parent could do that to a child. That's a tough situation... thank you for all you do.
It's called drugs. The stuff some people want to make legal.


Hope the parents never found her. Hope she's doing great now. Most likely doing way better than she would have been doing!
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:21 AM   #12
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The cases that involve children are no doubt the hardest.


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Old 11-04-2018, 08:33 AM   #13
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What a horrible and sad deal!! Glad you found and rescued her. Hope sheís doing well now days.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:12 AM   #14
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Wow! Way to common these days. Several families in our church foster/adopt children in such situations.

Prayers up for baby Jane Doe, 20 yrs later. Bless her LORD.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:24 AM   #15
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Sad. I hope wherever she is, she is doing well.
It really tears me up when children are mistreated like that.

On another note. Bobby, you have quite the knack for telling a story.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:25 AM   #16
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Thanks for sharing Bobby.

And a big thank you and constant prayers for all First Responders and Military for doing what y'all do. 🙏
X2. Prayers for both of you.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:51 AM   #17
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Prayers up for the young girl/lady.

It's appalling what some of us "civilized humans" will do on account of our vices


But.....but....drugs cause victimless crime.


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Old 11-04-2018, 10:54 AM   #18
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Wow, I donít know how you first responders deal with that kind of stuff. I couldnít do it for multiple reasons. One being I would likely be in jail because of exactly the thoughts you had. Except I believe I would follow through with them.


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Old 11-04-2018, 11:10 AM   #19
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Tough read...did you ever have to follow up with abandonment charges or anything of the like with the deadbeats??

Sadly, I think there are a bunch of stories like this out there.
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:36 AM   #20
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Sad story, worst part is how many times a day that it is replayed.
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Old 11-04-2018, 03:21 PM   #21
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Bobby I know your heart and thus know just how hard that was for you sir. I read it with tears streaming down my face... I've had similar experiences except as an assistant at a funeral home... Those pictures in my mind still haunt me to this day... I've buried a lot of folks, but those small caskets just rip my heart right out every time... God Bless You friend for your service to our country and to mankind for all these years. You've got a heart as big as the Texan you are and I'd like to say publicly that you sir are a genuine hero to me.
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:09 PM   #22
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dadgum, Bobby...
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Old 11-04-2018, 05:22 PM   #23
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Ouch, thanks for the visual story... gut wrenching.
and your service.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:14 PM   #24
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dadgum, Bobby...


No joke.....I went from thinking about the buck I took to thinking of checking on my kids and kissing each of them as they slept.


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Old 11-04-2018, 09:07 PM   #25
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My 71 year old sister adopted her deceased husbands great grandkids that were 9 and 11 because their mom and grandmother are in and out of jail cause they are meth heads. How can anyone do that to their kids and grandchildren is beyond me. Children's mother dropped her kids off at my sisters at Christmas and never came back to get them. Marijuana, meth and drug use has destroyed many of families and peoples lives.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:09 PM   #26
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Yea, I'm sure all we need to do to fix this is make all those drugs legal... that way we can tax them and have more money in the gubment coffers... Yea, that'll fix it!
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:22 PM   #27
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I’m 48 years old. Until a few months ago, I had never thanked a cop for what they do...cuz I didn’t know and I’d never thought about it or considered how much of themselves they sacrifice. I recently caught up with a high school buddy who is now a retired detective out of Weatherford. Hadn’t seen him in 28 years. He shared some of his stories and said that he will never forget the faces of the kids. He said he sees them when he closes his eyes at night...I had no idea. You don’t know what you don’t know. I couldn’t believe how much he had given of himself to people he had never met. It really put things into perspective for me. Thank y’all for what you do. I didn’t know, I’m sorry for not knowing...but I’m now grateful and appreciative.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:46 PM   #28
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Thanks for doing the job you do
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:02 PM   #29
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You got a tough job. Prayers sent
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:05 PM   #30
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:20 AM   #31
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I couldnít believe how much he had given of himself to people he had never met.
I donít think Iíve ever heard this put better. The job of a first responder comes at a very high cost. Thank you for your service sir!
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:38 AM   #32
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I'm about half way to my 25, will be too young to retire then. Hoping I can make 30 years.

This job changes you for sure. Some of the sights, smells, and sounds you will never forget.

AND.....how does a rookie call in sick when in training......

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Old 11-05-2018, 09:34 AM   #33
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To all the LEO's out there doing there jobs, we tend to forget what you go through to protect us and those to young to protect themselves. Thank you for what you do.
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:05 AM   #34
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That is a tough read. Thanks for what you do!
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:25 AM   #35
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Brother you just gave me chills.

I too was a first responder in my past life. Seen similar scenarios. hits way too close to home.

The memories and visual impacts never go away.

Prayers and god bless.
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:30 AM   #36
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That's heavy stuff brother.. You gave her a fighting chance.. Did you ever find the worthless parents?
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:52 AM   #37
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Iím 48 years old. Until a few months ago, I had never thanked a cop for what they do...cuz I didnít know and Iíd never thought about it or considered how much of themselves they sacrifice. I recently caught up with a high school buddy who is now a retired detective out of Weatherford. Hadnít seen him in 28 years. He shared some of his stories and said that he will never forget the faces of the kids. He said he sees them when he closes his eyes at night...I had no idea. You donít know what you donít know. I couldnít believe how much he had given of himself to people he had never met. It really put things into perspective for me. Thank yíall for what you do. I didnít know, Iím sorry for not knowing...but Iím now grateful and appreciative.
Thank you for the very thoughtful post. It is greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:54 AM   #38
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Thanks for the comments guys. And thanks for indulging my latest "therapy session".

The report would have probably been forwarded to Child Abuse Unit and like I said, I meant to follow up but we were runnin' and gunnin' back then. Lots of calls and trying to keep up.
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:56 AM   #39
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I'm about half way to my 25, will be too young to retire then. Hoping I can make 30 years.

This job changes you for sure. Some of the sights, smells, and sounds you will never forget.

AND.....how does a rookie call in sick when in training......


You mean,, like transmission fluid, anti freeze, blood and other body parts... all combined?


I will never forget my first head on, with multiple fatalities


I have three scenes that still haunt me.


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Old 11-05-2018, 11:04 AM   #40
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sad story and all too common unfortunately...we see a lot of it in our schools dealing with neglected children, parents who don't give a rats ***, and drugs taking over the lives of young ones who will someday do the same things to THEIR children that their parents do to them...thank you for your service to our communities!
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:50 AM   #41
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My 71 year old sister adopted her deceased husbands great grandkids that were 9 and 11 because their mom and grandmother are in and out of jail cause they are meth heads. How can anyone do that to their kids and grandchildren is beyond me. Children's mother dropped her kids off at my sisters at Christmas and never came back to get them. Marijuana, meth and drug use has destroyed many of families and peoples lives.
Guns don't forget guns. They've killed more people, than all the drugs put together, ever thought about!!!!!! And we have conservatives fighting to keep the 2nd ammendment strong!!! Bad bad bad
Tough story Chew. Reminds me of the movie Trainspotting.
People no longer have the common sense, to govern their lives as they should, or keep the best interests of their children at the forefront.
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:49 PM   #42
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Guns don't forget guns. They've killed more people, than all the drugs put together, ever thought about!!!!!! And we have conservatives fighting to keep the 2nd ammendment strong!!! Bad bad bad
Tough story Chew. Reminds me of the movie Trainspotting.
People no longer have the common sense, to govern their lives as they should, or keep the best interests of their children at the forefront.
Hope that is sarcasm.

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Old 11-05-2018, 01:42 PM   #43
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It's a burden you bare by choosing your profession. We are fortunate to have people such as you who choose to do the job. Thank you for serving our community Chew.
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:07 PM   #44
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Don't turn this into a political BS post, from either side.

If you can't help but type some stupid political crap, then type it and don't click the "post button", or just hit backspace until it's all gone and whisper a prayer for the folks that have stories like this. For the love of God...

Chew, your post made it mighty hard to finish my lunch with a lump in my throat. Thanks for your service, as well as all you other first responders.
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:28 PM   #45
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Nothing but respect for you (and all LE), Chew. Thanks for your service and thanks for posting.
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:49 PM   #46
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Thank you for sharing and Thank you for your service!!

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Old 11-05-2018, 04:08 PM   #47
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Great write up Chew. Like others said, thank you sir!
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:10 PM   #48
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The things that haunt us.
Prayers for you Chew. You're a good man.
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