Mountain View, Mo. officer honored for helping, caring for young child found wandering near highway

Published: Aug. 15, 2019 at 5:42 PM CDT
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A Mountain View, Missouri police officer was recently recognized for helping a 2-year-old child that was found wandering alone near a highway earlier this summer.

Corporal Trenton Roberts has been an officer with Mountain View Police for four years now. He typically works nights, but on June 26th he was working a day shift. That morning dispatch got a call of a small child wandering alone near Highway 17 and what Corporal Roberts did next earned him a letter of commendation.

"I seen the child in the middle of the road, walking towards 17 Highway, Roberts told KY3. "I tried talking to him, but he looked about two and he couldn't communicate that well. By looking at him, apparently he wasn't in the best condition and just seemed out of place."

Cpl. Roberts spotted the 2-year-old in a dirty diaper, dirt-covered pajama bottoms, covered in leaves, bug bites, and scratches.

"I checked with the neighbors and no one could identify him at all," Roberts explained.

So Roberts took the boy back to headquarters.

He has a young son, and knew what to do next.

"I just went to the house, grabbed diapers, some Fruit Loops, and just wipes and stuff to clean him up and get him fed," he said.

He spent over two hours with the child until his parents were found.

"He was definitely scared at first. It seemed like he didn't really get what was going on, he added. "Here's some stranger changing his diaper, dressed like this. After a while of watching Mickey Mouse after all that, he decided he liked me enough to let me hold him without screaming."

For his compassion that day, the department honored Cpl. Roberts.

"I've never gotten a commendation before. It's nice to be recognized but honestly most people here would have done the same thing," he exclaimed.

Cpl. Roberts says Children's Division did take custody of the child and did perform a home inspection to make sure the child's home was safe for him to live in. The child is back with his parents.

As for Cpl. Roberts, he says he's honored for the letter of Commendation but he says the woman who originally called it in and stayed near the child should be thanked for saving the child's life.

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