A Kentucky waitress noticed something unusual about a family at a table she was serving and immediately took action. It led to a chain of events that saved two children from their allegedly abusive parents.

Jordan Cooper, 21, said she was working a Sunday night shift at Olive Garden when she and her co-workers saw two individuals acting strangely towards their children, reports WPSD.

The expecting mother of two told the station that she normally doesn’t work evenings. However, on this night, she was serving a couple who were dining with an 11-year-old girl and a 20-month-old baby.

WPSD

Cooper recalled to Yahoo:

“The baby was sitting in a highchair with a blanket over her head. When the blanket came off, her face had a lot of black-and-blue bruises.”

She continued:

 “He shoved breadsticks into her mouth and said, ‘You’d better eat this’ and got in her face while she whimpered.”

Copper told WPSD:

“I first walked around to the baby. She looked at me with a face that said, ‘help.’ […] I can’t even describe to you how bad she looked and how and why nobody noticed it.”

The 8-month-old pregnant waitress and her fellow Olive Garden servers began to secretly photograph the man and woman’s interaction with their children.

When the parents started to suspect that they were being watched, they left. But Cooper was able to take a picture of the couple’s license plate number.

WPSD

Cooper said when she got home from work she couldn’t shake off the incident, so she created a Facebook post asking for help.

In the message, she claimed that the baby had been severely beaten in the face. A childhood friend, who is a police dispatcher, was able to track down Mark Lee Pierce, 33, and Jessica Woodworth, 36.

WPSD

In a now-deleted post captured by Yahoo, Cooper wrote:

Tonight working at Paducah Olive Garden, I had a couple that came in with a child that was severely beaten in the face. Her face was black and blue all over. The guy in this picture was force feeding her food down her throat and grabbing her by her shirt and getting in her face…I couldn’t serve because my heart hurt so bad.

Police officers arrested the parents during a welfare check and removed the children from their home in Tennessee after they saw the baby’s bruises. Cooper said:

“I heard the conditions of the home were so horrific, a police officer had to collect himself outside.”

Pierce and Woodworth are being held on child abuse and neglect charges.
Their bond is set for $200,000 each.

Paris Police Department

The child was sent to the emergency room. Both children are now in the custody of Children’s Services during the ongoing investigation.

STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND WATCH THIS: Two people helped save a one year old child from a home Department of Children and Families deemed an abusive home. They did it through one Facebook post in under an hour. Thank you Jordan Cooper and Aaron James Caldwell high school friends turn high school heroes. Full link: https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/2019/03/05/police-charge-parents-with-child-abuse-after-waitress-facebook-post/

Posted by Shamarria Morrison WPSD Local 6 on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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22 Replies to “Olive Garden Waitress Helps Save Children From Abusive Home After She Noticed ‘Bruises’ on Baby’s Face”

  • Michael Bankston 1 year ago

    Talk about being in the right place at the right time. You go girl!

  • Surfwidow 1 year ago

    My only question after reading this is why didn’t the staff at the restaurant contact Police ??

    • Anonymous 1 year ago

      I would guess that she thought they were about to leave and had no time to get the cops there!! So, she did the next best thing and that was to take a picture of their license plate. What a true angel!!!

    • Lee 1 year ago

      Yeah the fact that she made a Facebook post instead of contacting the police directly is a big disturbing.

      • Anonymous 1 year ago

        clearly she had a police friend which is technically contacting them >_>

  • Grandma Ida 1 year ago

    Congratulations to Jordan … you saved the lives of two innocent children. WOW! So often, these situations are noticed by people. But too often, people hesitate to speak up for fear of getting involved, or making a mistake about what was seen. You are a true hero, young lady! Good luck to you! God Bless you for not sitting back and doing nothing. Be very proud … those two children are safe. The so called parents deserved to have those innocent souls removed from their home. What a huge difference you’ve made! Rest easy, and have a wonderful future! ?

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Hero give her the key to the city .

  • Jacqueline Vasquez 1 year ago

    So many people don’t want to get involved but not this hero.Thanks From All Domestic Abuse Survivors.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    thank goodness for that lady!

  • Rita 1 year ago

    Thank you for being brave and not turning your back

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    YES!!! Good for you Jordan! God Bless you….

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    She did all the right things. Taking the pictures was great. She also could of had someone else call the police at the same time. I hope those good for nothing parents never get those kids back.

  • Marsha 1 year ago

    Thank you for doing what was right for these children, you probably saved their lives!!!

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    What a BLESSING you was to those 2 children,thank God for people like YOU, we need more…❤

  • Gregory Kelley 1 year ago

    I’m glad I’m not a police officer those two would have not made it back to the station

  • Wanda Elliott 1 year ago

    Thank you for caring and for standing up for those precious children.

  • HEATHER FECTEAU 1 year ago

    GOOD JOB ,I TOO WOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING DUE TO THE FACT THAT I AM A MANDATED REPORTER

  • Drinda 1 year ago

    I’m so glad she got involved. This breaks my heart. Don’t give them back. Put them up for adoption to a good loving couple
    I hate abusers.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    WOW SHE SAVED THEM BABIES THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP TO DO YOUR PART I AM THE SAME YOR SCARED YOUR GONNA SEE THIS ON THE NEWS THAT THESE BABIE LOST THERE LIFE BECAUSE THERE PARENTS KILLED THEM SO THANK YOU YOU ARE THERE GUARDIAN ANGEL

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Bless your heart for stepping in! You saved those little ones’ lives!

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    i hope they fry the sorry POS

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    So proud of this woman for standing up to protect these poor children

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