A photo of a Kentucky state trooper is going viral after a Facebook post of him holding a crying baby so a stressed-out mother could eat at a Mexican restaurant.
Aaron Hampton and his co-workers were eating dinner at the restaurant on Sunday, Sept. 29, when he saw Tabatha Corbitt in need of help with her crying baby, according to CNN.
The 29-year-old mother said anytime she would sit down, her 3-month-old son, Zerak, would start screaming and crying.
“You know how people are at restaurants,” said Corbitt. “I was just standing up to keep him from crying.”
That was when Hampton stepped in. He walked over and asked whether he could hold Corbitt’s infant so that she could finish her meal.
Hampton, who has been a Kentucky state trooper for 14 months, has an 18-month-old son of his own. The trooper said he knows how it feels when the whole restaurant starts getting frustrated and giving you looks because your baby is crying.
“She was hesitant at first because she said her baby doesn’t like strangers,” said Hampton. “But oddly enough, he came right to me and was smiling ear to ear.”
The mother of three said she had never experienced kindness like that. To express her gratitude, she even paid for Hampton’s meal.
“It’s easy to get angry, but if more people would help out, it would make everyone happier,” said Hampton. “They say it takes a village to raise a kid, but they never said law enforcement couldn’t be in that village.”
The photo of Hampton holding Zerak was loved by thousands of people in awe of his generosity.
“I just wanted to commemorate for my son,” the mother said. “It was just a moment I could tell my son about when he grows up, and now I have a bigger story to tell.”