New sheriff’s deputy receives badge from officer who rescued her from a drug house as a baby 22 years ago

It was a full circle moment for Natalie Young when she recently graduated from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Academy and received her badge from the Colorado sheriff’s office.

The officer who pinned her badge was none other than the man who rescued her as a dangerously frail six-week-old baby from a drug house in Escondido, California.

On November 2, 2000, Officer Jeff Valdivia was called to help assist with the arrest of a parole violator at a known drug house in Escondido. When he arrived at the home he found the conditions to be deplorable.

He witnessed a teenage mother who showed signs of recent drug use and a severely underweight baby girl. Although he had never taken a child into custody before, his fellow officers convinced him it was the right thing to do.

“You hope there are no gaps in the system and you hope everything works the way it’s supposed to,” Valdivia told CBS News.

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