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Texas cop buys groceries for family after finding young boy alone 'getting snacks for younger sibling'

FOX News logo FOX News 6/11/2019 Paulina Dedaj

A Texas police officer went beyond the call of duty last week after learning that a young boy walking alone in an Austin parking lot was out “getting snacks” for a younger sibling.

Officer James Riley was on patrol in the Baker sector of Austin on June 3 when he was alerted to a young child who was reportedly walking alone in a parking lot, the Austin Police Department said Monday.

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After approaching the boy, Riley learned that he went to the corner store alone because he was “getting snacks for a younger sibling.” Police said that Riley drove the young boy home, “concerned for the child’s safety.”

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After arriving at the residence, Riley observed that the family appeared to be “going through difficult financial times.”

That’s when police said he went to a popular Texas supermarket and purchased groceries for the family using his own money.

“He took it upon himself to go to HEB and bought a basket full of groceries and snacks that the boys would be able to fix without turning on the gas stove,” Austin police said in a Facebook post. “He also got some things that a parent would be able to cook for them.”

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Riley also spoke to the children in the home about safety and warned them against leaving home without an adult.

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