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Toddler walks toward police with her hands up after dad gets arrested

21 January 2019

A second video shows a cop and the children's mother, who was also a suspect, getting the infant from the back of the truck.

Tallahassee officers responding to a reported theft by an armed man on January 17 pulled over a suspect's truck, police said.

He said officers were surprised when the little girl popped out of the truck and approached them and ask their detainee are there any other adults in the vehicle.

This is the shocking moment a child mimics her parents after they were detained by police and climbs barefoot out of a pickup truck and walks with her hands raised towards armed officers. An officer meets the girl and picks her up.

"She's trying to get out but she can't because she's little", said a person filming the video.

The officers allowed the mother to pick up her daughter, despite her being a suspect. "She is out. Oh, she's holding her hands up".

While it is unclear from the footage if officers aimed their weapons at the child, Tallahassee police has since released further footage of the incident from officers' bodycams. "You're fine, come on to mommy". "Sweetie, put your hands down, you're fine", one of the officers can be heard comforting the child.

However, body camera footage released by police shows that after the man exits, police ask him who else is in the vehicle, to which he says is his two-year-old daughter and one-year-old.

DeLeo added the video made him "proud of how our officers handled the situation, how they adapted when they became aware of the children and the level of concern and compassion they showed to the family".

The two-year-old follows the actions of the two men and walks straight towards the armed officers with her hands up in the air. "The officers stopped the vehicle and were following their training as they had the suspected armed adults step out of the truck", said Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo in a video posted on Facebook.

Cops were told the pair might be armed but found only a pellet gun in their vehicle.

"This incident demonstrates the value of body worn cameras providing a different perspective of the same incident", DeLeo said.

The two male suspects were arrested and charged with theft, however the firearm they carried was discovered to be only a pellet gun.

Toddler walks toward police with her hands up after dad gets arrested