Dramatic Bodycam Footage Shows Police Officer Saving Dying Baby's Life

Culver City Police Officer Brian Cappell was honored at a city council meeting for his heroism after saving a little girl named Harley from a deadly accident.

By Ethan Harfenist
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Bodycam Footage Shows Police Officer Saving Dying Baby's Life

Dramatic body camera footage released Monday shows a Culver City police officer saving the life of a 9-month-old baby last month.

On March 22, Officer Brian Cappell can be seen on video snapping into action to save a little girl named Harley, who was choking on a baby snack at the time, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The “baby puff” Harley was choking on was supposed to dissolve in her mouth but didn’t, FOX 11 reports. Her older sister, Auria Moore, pulled the snack out of the baby’s mouth but the baby had stopped breathing.

Harley’s mother, Janet Lockridge, proceeded to pull over her car and call 911, while Auria hopped out of the car to find police officers and guide them to her suffering sister.

Brian Cappell

Cappell eventually saw the girl’s mother holding Harley, who wasn’t crying and had blood in her mouth. Cappell turned the baby over and started patting her back.

“OK, come on baby. You’re all right. OK, she’s crying now. She’s getting air,” he can be heard saying.

Eventually, the baby started breathing again and paramedics arrived, CBS Los Angeles reports.

“It was the most beautiful cry I’ve ever heard in my life,” Cappell told Fox 11. “Going from silence to crying is an unimaginable sound.”

On Monday, the family and the police officer crossed paths again at a Culver City council meeting, where Cappell was commended for his actions, CBS Los Angeles reports.

“I’ve been here 19 years and I’ve never experienced something like this before,” he said, as quoted by CBS Los Angeles.

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