- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police say an Albuquerque officer who found a homeless woman and a 2-year-old child living in a car used her own money to pay for a hotel to shelter them.

The department said Friday that Officer Esther Garcia found the pair in September after receiving a call about them in car.

The woman told Garcia she has been evicted from her home and had custody of her sister’s child due to the child’s mother having drug issues. Police say the woman also told Garcia that she was living in her vehicle until she could get her assistance check from the state.

Authorities say Garcia used her own money to rent a hotel room for the two for an entire week and then helped her with paperwork to file for assistance.

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