Father struggles raising newborn after mom killed in line of duty, then receives a 32-pound package
A group of mothers is taking it upon themselves to help a 4-month-old baby whose mother was shot and killed in the line of duty.
As per reports, 27-year-old Lesley was responding to a domestic disturbance call when she was shot, along with two fellow officers. She had been with the Police Department for a year and a half and had just returned to duty following maternity leave.
On Oct. 11, more than 500 ounces of breast milk were donated to Lesley’s family. It came from a group of women, and the milk will be screened and tested before it is given to Lesley’s 4-month-old daughter, Cora.
The effort was led by a woman identified only as Ashley, who saw a call for prayers on social media and inquired about whether the family could make use of donated breast milk. She was told that yes, it could be helpful, and within a day, a month’s worth of milk was delivered in coolers.
Ashley said she “just wanted to do a good thing in a bad situation.”
The P Police Officers Association indicated that if more people are looking to help, they should send Enfamil baby formula to the department.
The man suspected of killing Lesley, 26-year-old John, was apprehended later, following a shootout with police. He is expected to be charged with the murders of Lesley and her partner, Jose, a 35-year veteran of the force who was set to retire.
Lesley and Jose were speaking with John through a screen door at his home when he suddenly opened fire with an assault rifle. A third officer who was hit is recovering from his injuries after being treated at a nearby hospital.