Waitress uses clever tactic to report couple after noticing child covered in bruises


A waitress has been praised for helping a child she noticed was bruised “black and blue” while visiting the restaurant where she worked.

Jordan Cooper, a waitress at Olive Garden in the US state of Kentucky, posted on Facebook about a family that visited the restaurant on March 2.

She said the child was “black and blue all over”.

“The guy … was force feeding her down her throat and grabbing her by her shirt and getting in her face. She couldn’t have been no older than two-years-old,” she wrote.

“He kept taking her to the bathroom when she cried and acting very aggressive towards her,” the now deleted post said.

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Jordan Cooper called 911 after noticing bruises on a child at the restaurant where she worked. Source: Facebook/Jordan Cooper

According to local media outlet WSPD, Ms Cooper pretended to take a photo of another table but sneakily snapped the couple with the child in the background.

She then asked the customers who owned the phone she took the pictures on to text her the images.

When the couple left shortly after, Ms Cooper partially took down the registration number on their car and posted it on Facebook and called 911.

The waitress sneakily snapped this picture at the restaurant to send to police. Source: WPSD
The waitress sneakily snapped this picture at the restaurant to send to police. Source: WPSD

WSPD reports one of her Facebook friends is a 911 dispatcher who found out who the man was and later tracked down his girlfriend.

Two children were removed from the home and Jessica Woodworth and Mark Lee Pierce were arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Mark Lee Pierce and Jessica Woodworth were arrested after the waitress called 911. Source: Paris Police Department
Mark Lee Pierce and Jessica Woodworth were arrested after the waitress called 911. Source: Paris Police Department

Many have praised Ms Cooper for stepping in when she did.

“I don’t want to be thanked for doing something I would hope most would do,” she said.

“It’s our job as humans to protect these young children.”

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