Photo goes viral after Cincinnati police find toddler alone in the cold

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Photo Goes Viral After Cincinnati Police Find Toddler Alone in the Cold

CINCINNATI (WLWT) -- It's just a picture, but this one is raising the image of police.

It all begins with two officers who got on the floor in full uniform just to play with a kid in Cincinnati.

The opportunity for police to show a lighter side came after a serious problem.

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The 2-year-old baby was found wandering alone in the dark near an apartment complex. Freezing temperatures and the baby didn't have shoes or a jacket.

A good Samaritan who saw the child called 911 and that's when police arrived.

"I felt so bad for him when I arrived," police officer Jamie Landrum said. "It was cold outside and I had my jacket on and all of this gear on and I was still cold ... and he didn't have anything near to what I had on."

After searching the apartment complex, police couldn't find the parents so they took the baby back to Cincinnati's police department district 3.

Officer Landrum made a stop at the store to buy the baby necessities out of her own pocket.

The mother showed up at the police station three hours later. Tanisha Caldwell was arrested charged with child endangering.

After what began with a child lost, alone and scared ... a disturbing picture, but the one that came from the ordeal was just the opposite.

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