It was a cold December evening – just three days shy of Christmas – when a police officer pulled a car over for erratic driving at 2 a.m. Twenty-month-old Mikayla was found in the backseat, dressed only in a diaper, with just a tattered blanket to keep her warm.
With a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit, Mikayla’s father should have never been behind the wheel. Both he and her mother were arrested immediately.
Where does a little girl go in the middle of the night when her parents are arrested for drunk driving?
Catholic Charities’ Children’s Emergency Shelter is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help children in crisis, facing situations just like this.
Mikayla was dressed in warm pajamas upon her arrival, and was rocked to sleep by one of the dedicated staff at the Children’s Emergency Shelter. Throughout her short time with us, she enjoyed playing with all the toys at the shelter, enjoyed countless stories and time on the playground. “It’s fun here!” Mikayla exclaimed to one of our staff members.
Thankfully, in less than 48 hours, Mikayla was placed with her aunt and cousins and was able to enjoy Christmas with her family.