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Police officer helps family after 12-year-old girl is caught shoplifting shoes for young sister

By Mason White 2:51 PM May 8, 2017
Che Milton
Che Milton
By: Tanya Clark

A police officer in Atlanta, Georgia, is being praised for his compassionate deeds.

Officer Che Milton was on the job for one week, when he was dispatched to a Family Dollar store, where an employee had detained a 12-year-old girl for shoplifting.

When officer Milton arrived, he realized that the girl tried to steal a pair of shoes that was way too small for her.

The officer asked the young lady why she was shoplifting the pair of shoes that was just $2.00.

The girl replied that her 5-year-old sister was in desperate need of a new pair of shoes, but her family was unable to afford it.

The officer asked the girl to show him where she lived. He soon learned that she was the oldest of six children, ranging from newborn to 12-years-old, and their living conditions were very poor.

There were not enough beds for all of the children, and there was little food in the home, police said.

According to police, the mother does not work because she could not afford daycare for the smaller children. The father works part time.

Officer Milton decided to help the family. He ordered food and paid for it on his own.

His department has now joined in the effort to help the family and they took to Facebook to solicit help from people around with world.

They posted the sizes of the children so that people can send clothes, shoes, diapers or gift cards.

“12-year-old girl wears a size 12/14 women’s clothing and a size 7/8 women’s shoe
5-year-old boy wears a 5T/6T clothing and a size 12 shoe
4-year-old girl wears a 4T/5T clothing and a size 10 shoe
3-year-old boy wears a 4T/5T clothing and a size 10 shoe
2-year-old girl wears a 2T/3T clothing and a size 6/7 shoe
3-month-old girl wears 3 to 6 month clothing now and same for shoe size.

“If you would like to help the mother, she is 35 years old and wears a size 16/18 clothing and a size 8.5-9.5 shoes.

“Family is in need of diapers and wipes, diaper size 2 and 5. They are in need of a few furniture items such as a sofa, table, chairs, lamps. They can use clothing and blankets. Please feel free to donate larger sizes as the younger kids are growing fast.

“These items may be dropped off or sent to the Atlanta Police Zone 1 Precinct located at 2315 Donald Lee Hollowell Dr. NW Atlanta, 30318.

“We have set up an email address to inquire about the family’s needs. That email address is,” they wrote on Facebook.