by: Bob D Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
ARLINGTON, Texas – A Texas mother who had broken car seats got an unexpected gift from a police officer last month.
Alexis Jones of Arlington told KDFW she knew her old car seats were broken, and was waiting for Black Friday to go shopping for new ones.
As Jones went shopping on Nov. 25 with her 3-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son, Arlington police officer Brandon Gilbert pulled her over.
“I was already nervous about the kids being unstrapped because Amia — she comes out of her car seat, and he was too big for his,” Jones said.
“The car seat was broken. It was a very old car seat,” Gilbert told KDFW. “And there really wasn’t any way of restraining the child that was inside the car seat because it was broken.”
Jones already had outstanding traffic citations and was trying to manage a new job and a new apartment. Gilbert’s dash cam shows the officer putting the car seat on the hood of the patrol car and helping Jones with it.
“I thought about taking enforcement action,” Gilbert said. “But then I thought that’s not gonna help her.”
When Gilbert got home he decided to help Jones out.
“I’m a father, and I was talking to my wife about it. And I just felt like I needed to do something,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert used his money and bought a pair of car seats.
“They came over with two big boxes of car seats and stuffed animals,” Jones said. “And I was just in total shock. It was just it was amazing, actually.”