Hao Lina, a police officer in China, has melted the hearts of millions after breastfeeding the 4-month-old baby of a suspect.
The infant’s mother was attending a trial and could not nurse her crying child. She had given permission to Ms Hao before letting her baby be fed.
The touching incident took place on September 23 at the Shanxi Jinzhong Intermediate People’s Court in central China.
The baby’s mother was charged with fraudulent fund-raising, illegally absorbing public deposit and crime concealment with 33 other people.
Ms Hao, a mother herself, said the baby had been left under her and her colleagues’ care before its mother went for the trial.
‘The baby wouldn’t stop crying and we were all worried,’ said Ms Hao. ‘I am a new mother, I could feel how anxious the child’s mother would have been. All I thought about was to try my best and comfort the tiny baby.’
The baby’s gender has not been revealed. According to the court, the baby’s mother, surnamed Li, was so touched by Ms Hao’s behaviour she couldn’t help but cry after leaving the court.
Commenting on the praises she had received from the public, a humble Ms Hao said: ‘I believe every police officer would do the same. If I had been the mother, I would have hoped someone to help my baby too.’