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BWC video: Colo. deputy buys groceries for great-grandma raising two kids

Officer Weiner said his heart broke for the children, so he left the home and brought back groceries for the family

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Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office

By Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — An Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputy brought groceries for a 71-year-old woman and her great-grandchildren after the woman’s boyfriend ate the last two hot dogs in her home as the hungry children watched.

Deputies responded to a domestic dispute involving the great-grandmother, Vicki, and her boyfriend, the sheriff’s office said in a Wednesday Twitter post.

Vicki, whose last name was not provided, told Deputy Ryan Weiner that she and her boyfriend had argued because her “babies were hungry,” the sheriff’s office said. The children are ages 8 and 10.

“She told deputies her boyfriend had cooked the last two hot dogs for dinner and made the kids watch him eat, while they went to bed hungry,” according to the sheriff’s office tweet.

The tweet includes clips of Weiner’s body-camera footage of his exchange with Vicki, which the sheriff’s office said she encouraged them to share.

Vicki’s boyfriend called 911 about the argument. However, deputies determined Vicki’s story to be credible, shared her concerns and asked that the boyfriend leave, which he did.

“I’m real worried about your kids not having any food,” Weiner says to Vicki in the body-camera footage.

Weiner tells her he’s going to the grocery store and he’ll return with eggs, milk, breakfast sausage and chicken, among other food items.

Vicki is apologetic, saying she is “sorry.”

“You have nothing to apologize for,” Weiner assures her.

When Weiner returns he unloads food from a bag and Vicki breaks down crying.

“What’s wrong?” Weiner asks.

“It’s embarrassing,” Vicki says, fighting back tears.

“Oh ma’am, please don’t be embarrassed,” Weiner says. “I hate when kids are hungry, that speaks to my heart.”

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