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Colorado cops form "cuddle watch" to help care for "miracle" baby

A baby born at 29 weeks received extra attention from police officers when the newborn's parents had to return to work.

AURORA, Colo. (KUSA) - Police officers in Colorado are coming together to help care for two fellow officers' miracle baby.

Axel Winch was born at 29 weeks with, as his father Adam described, "all sorts of issues genetically, physically to the point where the news was pretty devastating." In fact, more than three months after he was born, doctors are still trying to learn the medical issues Axel will face throughout his lifetime.

Adam told KUSA-TV his son has undergone numerous surgeries and procedures and has even died in his parents' arms "multiple times."

"His nurses have saved his life. We have watched miracle after miracle," Adam said.

After a time, Adam, a former officer-turned-business owner, and Axel's mom, Melissa, a police officer in Grand Junction, Colorado, had to go back to work. As they made the difficult transition into the workplace and away from their baby, a fellow officer had an idea.

"(I) came up with the idea that we would set up, basically, a watch, that we would have officers sign up for times to come in here and spend time with Axel," said Aurora Police Sgt. Mike Pitrusu.

Nearly 20 officers from the Aurora Police Department signed up for what has become known as "cuddle watch."

As a bond formed between the officers and the new parents, so, too, did a connection between the cops and the kid.

"They've kind of spoiled our boy now," Mellissa said. "He just wants to be held all the time now."

But they say that's one problem with which they're okay.