Screenshot via CBSLA Channel 2.

Screenshot via CBSLA Channel 2.

People on the Internet are praising a Los Angeles police officer and his colleagues after a video of them comforting a toddler left at the scene of a hit-and-run has gone viral.

LAPD officer John Neal Cooke, a seven year veteran of the force, told that tending to the upset child was “kind of just human nature.”

In the video, Officer Cooke is seen patting the two year old boy on the back and feeding him a bottle.


What many people who’ve viewed the video may not realize is that Cooke is a 2008 alumnus of the small Catholic school, Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. The university shared the video on Facebook and Twitter, saying they’re proud of him.

Neale said his actions are just part of having grown up in a big family.

“I’ve been taking care of kids since I was kid as they say,” he said.

After a woman crashed into a fire hydrant, she took off, leaving her young son strapped in his car seat. Police said she was arrested for drunk driving and has since been bailed out, but will still likely face child endangerment charges.

Officer Cooke lamented the mother’s carelessness for putting her child in such danger, but said he was thankful he and his colleagues were able to help.


“It was really comforting to us that we were able to be there for him,” he said.

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