Single mother thanks Jonesboro police officer for his act of kindness

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman found herself faced with a possible citation, but the responding officer had other plans.

Most people living on the north side of Jonesboro can quickly spot Jonesboro police officer Corporal David Stout.

"I've probably spent 90% of my eleven-year career working north of the tracks," Stout said.

People living in the area said it's not often that good news comes out of north Jonesboro, including at the Garden Manor Apartment Complex.

"Most of the time, the police aren't here for anything positive, it's always something going on," Garden Manor Manager, Annette Stotts said.

The complex sees crime, but Corporal Stout recently responded to a call that took an unexpected turn.

He responded to a call about a young child who got out of his house.

The child's mother was inside and unaware the boy was gone.

"So, I went upstairs and asked her if she had lost something and we ended up going downstairs and retrieved the child," Stout said.

Stout discovered the chain on the single mother's door was broken.

"We treat these types of things on a case-by-case basis," Stout said. "I've had to write citations for things like this in the past, but this was not a situation that needed a citation."

The mother of the child did not want to speak with Region 8 News, but she did say she was grateful that officer Stout bought a new chain to keep her door secure.

"After looking around, I realized there wasn't any furniture in the apartment," Stout said. "Neighbors said she had been living there for a while."

Before leaving the property and a few phone calls later, the HUB, which helps people in need, delivered the woman and her children furniture.

They brought a twin bed and a couch to make their space feel more like home.

"It really is nice to have a good story when it comes to cops and the north side of town," Stotts said.

They all agree that good things happen when the community works together.

"To serve the people of Jonesboro and the north side especially, I've always taken great pride in that," Stout said.

Corporal Stout is from the north side of Jonesboro and said he loves giving back to people in his neighborhood and does not plan on stopping anytime soon.

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