A beautiful yet heartbreaking photo of a female officer cradling a little girl after her parents overdosed on drugs has gone viral.
According to AL.com, Officer Michelle Burton responded to a call where a couple had overdosed and their four young children where in the apartment.
The 30-year-old father was found dead and the mother was rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Burton’s husband took to Facebook to share a photo of his wife looking after one of the young children, while officers waited for child protection services to arrive.
"Last night, my wife Michelle Burton told me she would be late getting off work because of a call she was on where the parents of 4 small children had both overdosed," he wrote.
"Michelle said the father was dead and the mother was critical. She spent the rest of the night taking care of these babies. She got home at 4 this morning. I've never seen her more beautiful than in this picture. What an incredible woman."
The photo has since gone viral and has had over 1,500 shares.
"A police officer's job is very hard and very demanding. We come across a lot of scenes of a tragic nature, especially when children are involved,'' South Precinct commander Capt. Ron Sellers told AL.com.
"Our first priority is to help the injured, but then we turn our focus on the children to make sure they are safe and well-taken care of. We're glad our officer was able to help here."