Bringing home a baby is one of the most precious joys in life. Three months ago, Sgt. Darlen Dickson, a police officer in Southhaven, MS, gave birth to a baby boy named Greyson. She delivered him early by C-section after she fell ill. Dickson had to come home without her baby because he was too small.
Once the baby came home, Dickson and her husband Frederick Sims (also an officer) celebrated every milestone, from how much he had grown, to his one month anniversary. Then, the unthinkable happened. Little Greyson passed away. “It was just a normal night and when I got up to check on him, he was gone,” Dickson said.
The couple woke up to find that the baby had died, still wearing the bib and pacifier that he had worn to bed. Dickson said, “It was hard and just being at the mercy of everyone else having to call 911 and having police and firemen help us, that has always been our job.”
The officer wants to take more time off of work to grieve for her incredible loss, but she has used all of her sick days, vacation days, and bereavement. If she doesn’t return to work, she is in danger of being fired from the force. Fellow police officers have tried to donate time to Dickson, but all requests were denied. Deputy Chief Steven Pirtle said that he can’t discuss the personnel issue, but they are working on a solution.
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