Inspiring

Police Officer Adopts Desperate Homeless Mother’s Heroin-Addicted Newborn

A New Mexico police officer went beyond the call of duty and then some.

Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets was responding to a call when he happened to notice a couple shooting up heroin in broad daylight behind a convenience store.

As he approached them, he realized the woman was pregnant.

“It’s not every day I see a sight like that and it just made me really sad,” Holets told CNN.

Crystal Champ, 35, told Holets that she was 8 months pregnant and addicted.

“You’re going to kill your baby,” Holets says in a video recorded by his body camera. “Why do you have to be doing that stuff? It’s going to ruin your baby.”

Champ is seen in the video breaking down in tears.

She recalled to CNN that she was thinking, “I was like how dare you judge me. You have no idea how hard this is. I know what a horrible person I am and what a horrible situation I’m in.”

Champ, who has been addicted since she was a teenager and homeless for more than two years told CNN she’s tried to quit.

“I did give up. I just decided this was going to be my life,” Champ said. “It just keeps coming back and ruining my life.”

In Holets’ body cam video, he is seen scolding the couple for about 11 minutes. During the discussion, Champ said that she hopes someone would adopt her baby. Champ said those words changed Holets demeanor.

“He became a human being instead of a police officer,” Champ said.

Holets decided not to charge the couple for drugs and instead showed Champ a photo of his wife and four children. Then he offered to adopt her baby.

“I was led by God to take the chance,” Ryan said. “God brought us all together. I really don’t have any other way to explain it.”

Champ said she looked at him to “make sure his eyes were genuine and that I could see his soul.”

She decided Holets was the answer to her prayers, now he just had to tell his wife.

He drove to his home and told his wife, who was holding their 10-month-old baby, what had happened.

“He already knew my heart on the issue and he knew that I would be totally onboard with it,” his wife Rebecca said.

“The Holets say they see many in the world around them who desperately need stability,” CNN reports. “They know they can’t help every child, but Rebecca knew she could take on the challenge of raising another baby.”

“We feel God has called us to do that,” Rebecca said. “It’s been on our hearts for a while.”

In October, Crystal gave birth. A few days later, Champ saw her newborn for the last time.

“I love you. Goodbye,” Rebecca recalled Crystal saying to the baby. “And then she turns to me and says ‘Take care of her for me.’ And I said, ‘I will take good care of her and you take good care of yourself.’ It was super emotional.”

The baby, named Hope, went through a painful process of withdrawal and detoxing from heroin and even had to be given methadone. But she’s no longer in the hospital and the Holets only have to take her for weekly medical checkups.

“There needs to be more people like Ryan and his wife and their family in this world,” Champ said.

“Whatever struggles she has, we’ll be there and we’ll work through it,” said Ryan. “And that makes me happy.”