Cops need to be ready for anything when responding to a call. What seems like a routine traffic stop, domestic dispute, or disagreement can sometimes turn in an instant in surprising and unexpected ways. Officer Ryan Holets still never expected a call about a possible theft at a convenience store to end minutes later with his offering to adopt a baby. But that's precisely what happened.
Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets responded to a routine patrol call on September 23 that would forever change his life, and the lives of many others.
He noticed a couple in the back of a convenience store who looked like they were about to use heroin. Holets switched on his body cam and approached the couple. Things were as routine as can be until the officer noticed that the woman was pregnant.
On the body cam video, Crystal Champ, 35, can be seen breaking into tears when Holets notices she's pregnant. He says, "Why do you have to be doing that stuff? It's going to ruin your baby. You're going to kill your baby."
This first encounter, captured on video, took approximately 11 minutes. In their conversation, Champ explained that she hopes someone will adopt her baby. She says that when she said this Holets entire demeanor changed.
“He became a human being instead of a police officer,” she said.
Holets showed Champ a photo of his wife and four children, and then… he offered to adopt Champ’s unborn baby.
Holets offered to adopt a baby of a mother he met 11 minutes earlier. He just needed to tell his wife first.
The officer left the couple at the convenience store and drove across town to where his wife was attending a party. He explained that he just offered to adopt a heroin addict’s baby, and she instantly agreed.
And as quickly as that, the lives of Officer Holets and his wife, their four children, Champ and her partner, and of course the unborn baby, all were forever changed.
Three weeks later, Champ gave birth. True to his word, Holets and his wife adopted the baby girl and aptly named her Hope.
Holets explained, “I was led by God to take the chance. God brought us all together. I really don’t have any other way to explain it.” His wife, Rebecca agrees.
“We feel God has called us to do that. It’s been on our hearts for a while,” she said.
"I've gotten tired of seeing so many situations where I want to help but can't, and in that moment, I realized that I had a chance to help," Holets told CNN.
Baby Hope was born addicted to heroin. She underwent weeks of withdrawal and medical treatment. She is now gaining weight and doing well. Holets said, “I am so thankful, and blessed, and humbled that we’re allowed to have Hope in our family.”