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West Virginia officer buys diapers with own money after mother unable to pay

The Charleston Police Department is recognizing Cpl. Jamie Wilson for an act of kindness. (Charleston Police Department)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - The Charleston Police Department is recognizing one of its own after an officer purchased diapers for a mother in need.

Cpl. Jamie Wilson was responding to a domestic complaint April 14 at Vandalia Apartments when he found the individual who had made the complaint was without money to provide diapers for her child, according to a Facebook post from the department. The post said Wilson discovered the live-in boyfriend had taken the mother’s money from her.

"She told me 'Hey, I don't even have enough money to get diapers for my baby,' and it kind of hit home, me being a father as well," Cpl. Jamie Wilson said.

So Wilson acted as he said any father and police officer would.

"I can't honestly say that I've ever seen a law enforcement officer that would walk off when a child really needs him," Wilson said.

Wilson knew what he had to do. He went to Kroger and came back minutes later with a large box of diapers and wipes he bought for the woman's baby.

"I'm here like any other dad and doing the right thing is just doing the right thing regardless of whether you wear a uniform or not," Wilson said.

Wilson said he did nothing special. HE's just a parent helping out a fellow parent.

"If there's anything within our power that we can do to help and assist and even get a parent to the proper channels to help them get other help that they need, we'll definitely be there for them," Wilson said.

While the wallet was what she was missing, Wilson provided what she needed most.

"That was more served than any other thing I could have did for her at the time, and I look around and there's a lot of dads here at the department as well, and we would all do the same," Wilson said.

The post said the department wanted to share the act of kindness so it does not go unrecognized.

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