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Ryan Holets, Albuqurque Cop, Adopts Baby From Heroin-Addicted Woman

By    |   Friday, 08 December 2017 12:55 PM

Ryan Holets, an Albuquerque police officer, adopted a baby from a heroin-addicted mother who has been homeless for over two years and is living in a tent beside a highway in New Mexico, The New York Post reported.

The 27-year-old officer met 35-year-old Crystal Champ by chance one day, when he responded to a routine 911 call about a theft at a local convenience store.

The theft was over by the time Holets arrived at the scene but, according to The Independent, he happened to see a couple shooting up heroin outside the store.

He confronted and noticed the woman was heavily pregnant.

"You're going to kill your baby," he told Chapman, according to bodycam footage obtained by CNN. "Why do you have to be doing that stuff?" It's going to ruin your baby."

Holets questioned the couple for several minutes and Chapman admitted to the officer that she hoped someone would adopt her baby.

She later told CNN in an interview that she had given up, having battled addiction since a teenager and failing to get clean on multiple occasions.

Holets offered to adopt Chapman's baby and immediately went home to discuss the news with his wife and four children.

Three weeks later the baby girl, named Hope, was born, The Independent noted.

Although she was born a month early and addicted to heroin, Hope underwent treatment and her condition is improving each day.

"She's gaining weight, eating well, sleeping well," Holets said, according to The Washington Post. "We're just praying and hoping for the best for her. As far as development goes, we won't know the effects until she's older."

Holes added that they did not adopt Hope to have a story.

"That is entirely not why we did it, but after talking to some close friends whom I trust, we realized this was a way to put a face on the drug problem and maybe encourage other people to adopt," he told The Washington Post.

While Hope's future seems secure, Chapman's remains bleak.

She continues to battle addiction and remains homeless, CNN noted, but described her baby's adoptive parents as "light in this world."

"There needs to be more people like Ryan and his wife and their family in this world," she said.

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