EUGENE, Ore. — Two convenience store clerks are sharing their story about a man who brought in a baby, saying he could no longer take care of it.
The incident happened on Sunday night at the Dari Mart on Barger Drive in Eugene.
Management says the two employees did the right thing by helping the man and baby in need.
“We were getting ready close, doing paperwork, sweeping, mopping, stuff like that,” said Dari Mart employee Jennifer Nix.
It was a typical Sunday night shift until Nix and fellow employee Cindy Yucka say something unusual startled them.
“(A) man came to the door with a baby. He asked us to call 911 and DHS. We were kind of hesitant at first because of the whole, in case of being robbed and stuff,” Nix said.
Nix and Yucka looked at the man’s face, and then they noticed what he was carrying. That’s when they knew they had to act fast.
“It’s cold outside. This man has a baby and he’s crying. Something was wrong. Something was definitely wrong,” Yucka said.
Nix and Yucka say they asked the man questions before handing him the phone to call 911.
“We asked him some questions like ‘Is he the father? Where’s the mom? Is the baby his?’ He said the mother was not willing to take care of the baby at this time and he didn’t have any means of taking care of the baby and wasn’t sure if he was the father or not,” Nix said.
“We held the baby in the store. He called 911. After the phone call, he wrote down the baby’s full name, his name, his telephone number, and said he wanted to wait outside,” Yucka said.
Both say the man then sat outside and waited until authorities arrived and he cooperated. While waiting, Yucka says she checked the baby for any visible harm, but he seemed healthy and slept the whole time. Nix and Yucka say Dari Mart is a safe place and they are glad they were there to help.
“I think anybody would’ve done that. it was the right thing to do,” Yucka said.
Eugene police say they responded to the initial call a little after 11 p.m. on Sunday and have since turned the investigation over to the Department of Human Services. It’s unclear what will happen to the man who surrendered the baby, if anything.