Arizona police officer adopts child abuse survivor he met on duty; Audra Petrolle, family law attorney at Rose Law Group, weighs in

By Tamar Lapin | New York Post

An Arizona police officer and his wife adopted a 4-year-old survivor of child abuse that he comforted while he was on duty.

Kingman Police Department Lt. Brian Zach met little Kaila when he and his partner got a call to go check on her home back in March 2018, he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.

As he and the girl waited for officers from the Department of Child Services to show up, “We colored, we snacked,” Zach recalled.

“She held my hand and she was just this cute little thing.”

Kaila eventually had to be taken to a hospital to be treated for multiple injuries as a result of physical abuse, the report said. Zach, who is a father to two other children, went home that night and told his wife Cierra about the encounter.

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“This officer and his family are a great example of how we can all work together to make our community stronger. The adoption process can be daunting but the lives you change for those young children make it well worth the challenge. You may not be contemplating adoption but if find yourself unable to walk away from a helpless child like Kaila, we are here to help.”

Audra Petrolle, Rose Law Group family law attorney

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