Police officer uses hopscotch to help homeless girl

Mar 31, 2016 7:42 PM by News Staff

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Huntington Beach police Officer Zach Pricer jumped to help an 11-year-old homeless girl.

The Orange County Register reports that officers found the girl and her mother living in a car in a parking lot in the Southern California city on Wednesday, and Pricer turned to hopscotch to make the child feel more at ease.

While Officer Scott Marsh reached out to the department's homeless task force to arrange housing for the pair, video shows Pricer hopping up and back.

The 38-year-old officer explained the rules of the game to the girl, then reached down to grab the marker, causing her to giggle.

Pricer says he wanted to make the girl feel more comfortable, knowing a police officer can seem scary to a child.

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