Police officer praised after helping mum struggling to eat with baby

When a woman was struggling to finish her meal while eating out at a restaurant with her baby, a kind police officer was there to step in and lend a hand.

Trooper Aaron Hampton had stopped in to get lunch from an eatery in Munfordville, in the US state of Kentucky, when he noticed Tabatha Corbitt standing while trying to get her three-month-old boy to eat.

Going well beyond his call of duty, Mr Hampton, a Kentucky State Trooper, asked if he could hold the child, Zerak, while she sat down and enjoyed her meal.

A Facebook post from the woman’s mother explained how Zerak was usually scared of strangers, but uncharacteristically he warmed to the police officer almost instantly.

“My daughter was standing up because Zerak was fussy and he asked if he could hold him so she could eat,” her post read.

Mr Hampton’s selfless act soon caught the attention of thousands after a photo of him holding the child went viral on social media.

Trooper Aaron Hampton was praised for stepping in to hold a baby while his mother ate. Source: Facebook

While many rushed to thank and praise him for his thoughtful gesture, Mr Hampton said it was his experience of becoming a father for the first time recently that had opened his eyes to the struggle of parenting.

“I have a child of my own so I know how that goes. God put it on my heart to go and help her out. She agreed. [She was] kind of reluctant, she said he doesn't like strangers but he came to me right away, ,” Mr Hampton told US news outlet WBKO.

“[He] kind of smiled and laughed. Cried a little bit at first. I told him to stop resisting and he was fine after that.”

“They also taught us in the academy there was a great lesson from a fallen trooper. God first, family second and everyone's family.”

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