It’s the kind of call police don’t respond to every day: At 4:38 p.m. Sunday, District 3 Milwaukee Police Officers Kyle Baus and Dan Reilly were dispatched to a welfare check after numerous callers reported a man walking in traffic with an infant, trying to give the baby away to random vehicles driving by in the area of 40th and Clarke.
Officers eventually located the subject in the 4400 block of W. Center St., walking in traffic with an 8-month-old infant in his arms. Officers saw vehicles swerving to avoid the subject as he walked down the middle of the street. A witness even stated that the suspect had been running into traffic and extending his arms as if to hold the infant out in front of oncoming traffic.
Officers Baus and Reilly recognized the seriousness of the situation and confronted the suspect who was highly agitated and refused to relinquish the child. After pleading with him to release the child, Officer Baus was able to grab the suspect while Officer Reilly simultaneously took control of the baby. The actions of Officers Baus and Reilly undoubtedly prevented serious harm and injury to the 8-month-old baby girl. Additionally, the child recently underwent a heart transplant and was due for a dose of essential medication which she would not have gotten had the officers not located her when they did.
The suspect was arrested and will be referred to the District Attorney’s office for recklessly endangering safety.
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