Nothing is more heartwarming than touching a little girl’s heart and see her smile. It is a simple deed that can change a person’s whole day and even bring together unrelated people. This is exactly what one Utah policeman found out when he decided to jump in and save one toddler’s father from his predicament.
When Jose Moncayo was summoned to appear before a Utah County magistrate for a traffic ticket he had been issued with earlier, it never crossed even his wildest imaginations that a police officer would be his benefactor, especially now that he was going to appear before the court as an accused person. But as things would turn out later, fate had positioned Officer Kevin Norris of Utah’s Orem Police Department to be his daughter’s Guardian Angel that day.
Moncayo had to bring his 2-year-old daughter Abi along with him when he came to the courthouse after searching for somebody to babysit her to no avail. As father and daughter waited outside the court’s chambers, his mind raced a lot, thinking of a solution to his situation. He was well aware that kids weren’t allowed inside the courtroom during a case.
When the time came for Jose to go before the judge, he realized he had to find somebody to watch over his extremely restless and playful daughter quickly because he couldn’t leave her out there alone. But who could he approach now?
Unbeknownst to Mr. Moncayo, there was somebody else across his seating position outside the courthouse who was also thinking about his predicament.
Ever since Jose and his daughter had joined the waiting queue outside the court, Officer Norris had been watching little Abi’s escapades. Abi couldn’t sit still close to her father. She explored the entire building and its occupants, wandering across the hallway and entryway. Soon, the little girl had converted the entire open space outside the courthouse into her playground. She would run from one corner to another, playing with anyone and anything she could lay her eyes and hands upon.
Officer Norris could not help himself but think, “What a lovely tiny little one! What a lovely scene!” But then he would also wonder, “What happens when her father is called into the courtroom; can I help somehow?”
The natural bond connecting a father to his daughter is one of the most formidable links that human beings can form with each other. This tie is so strong that when a father like Officer Norris sees another father like Jose Moncayo in need, a natural willingness to help just blossoms in their heart. That is how the policeman — who had been waiting in the hall for his turn to give his testimony — came in to save the situation, to the bewilderment of Jose.
When later asked about the encounter with Abi and her father during a 2News interview, Officer Norris explained that as a father he empathized with Jose after observing him and trying to understand his situation.
“I have kids myself. I know what it means to have rambunctious children, and it is hard to take them anywhere.”
When Jose came out of the courtroom, he found Abi on Norris’ lap, soundly asleep. He was amazed. As he was attending to his case, the young girl had played until she began getting tired. It is then that Officer Norris — who had now gained her full trust — called her to sit down on his lap and watch some cartoons on his smartphone with him. Soon, she had leaned her little head against his chest and fallen asleep.
The photo was snapped by someone nearby and later shared to the police department’s social media, where it went viral.
In a display of his own great parenting skills, the police officer had also held Abi’s hand, escorted her around the court building, ensured that she had had enough water to drink and even took her to interact and get treats from the courthouse’s other deputies. What could have become a crisis for father and daughter ended up being a fantastic day and experience for little Abi.
“We are not just police officers out here to arrest people,” Officer Norris explained.