Waitress Listens To Her Gut Feeling And Rescues Baby From Wicked Adults When Couple Visited Restaurant

Family & Kids

March 19, 2019 14:58 By Mambee

Who could have thought that one woman's gut feeling would be accurate enough to save two children from their abusers? By the time you are done reading this story, we bet you will pay better attention to your intuition.

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What are the stats?

The United States government legally recognizes four types of abuse, namely: sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.

Statistics showed that 75.3% of children suffered neglect while 17.2% were being physically abused in 2015. What is appalling is that, in that same year, 1585 children died from abuse or neglect. 

Sometimes, abused children may suffer from developmental disabilities or perform poorly in school.

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Also, they tend to engage in substance abuse, become suicidal or have teenage pregnancies. The effects of abuse and neglect are far-reaching, and so we must remain vigilant.

Waitress to the rescue

Jordan Cooper is a mother-to-be and, perhaps, this is why she was severely moved by the plight of this child.

Cooper was working her shift as a waitress at Olive Garden, in Paducah, Kentucky, when she noticed that the two adults and two children at the table she was serving were strange.

Talking about the younger child, aged 20 months, she explained to WPSD 

"I can’t even describe to you how bad she looked and how and why nobody noticed it."

She added that the child had black and blue bruises and that the man was force-feeding her.

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Whenever the little girl cried, he would take her to the bathroom. In a bid to help, she secretly asked a table nearby to take a picture and captured the man's face. 

When the family noticed that they had drawn attention, they hurriedly left, but Cooper was quick-thinking and got a part of their license number.

She shared the man's photo, license number and what she had observed on Facebook and asked for help.

Luckily, a dispatcher named Aaron Caldwell, who happened to be her friend, saw it and used the sketchy details to find the adults and report them to the police.

The couple was later identified as Mark Lee Pierce, 33, and his girlfriend Jessica Woodworth, 36. 

They were charged with child abuse and neglect, and bond for each adult was set at $200,000. Meanwhile, the children are in state custody, and Cooper noted that her heart was now at rest.

Reporting child maltreatment

If you suspect that a child is being abused, then you should report it as soon as possible to relevant authorities, like child care services. 

An example is Child Help, a national organization that offers assistance to abuse victims.

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Before reporting, however, ensure that you rightly recognize the abuse. Victims usually demonstrate fear, aggression, anxiety, poor social development or physical marks that the child attempts to hide.

In conclusion, with rampant child abuse and neglect is, we should all stay vigilant. Meanwhile, we say 'kudos' to Jordan Cooper and her gut feeling!

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