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Former Heroin Addict Recovering After Her Baby Gets Adopted by Police Officer

Police officer Ryan Holets first met former addict Crystal Champ while she was pregnant last year

Baby Hope
Baby Hope together with her adoptive parents Ryan and Rebecca Holets |

Crystal Champ and her previously unborn child were not in a good situation merely months ago, but a chance encounter with an Albuquerque police officer has changed their lives for the better.

Champ was behind a convenience store seemingly set to shoot up heroin together with a companion when Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets walked over to them. She was pregnant at that time. The encounter led to numerous life-changing events — both for Champ and Holets.

Champ gave birth to a baby girl not long after the meeting and the baby was adopted by Ryan and his wife, Rebecca.

Holets, who already had four children, felt "led by God to take the chance." 

"God brought us all together," he said, according to CNN. "I really don't have any other way to explain it."

Rebecca told CNN that the baby, who they have named Hope, is now "very healthy" and "very strong."