When it’s time to make a decision about who will be the God parents to your child, people typically choose someone close to them. They usually choose a sibling, cousin or best friend.
One woman made the unlikely decision to choose a couple she had just met to be the God parents of her new baby. While that sounds a bit odd, she did it for a very good reason.
When 18-year-old Brenda Torres was riding the Western Avenue bus to work, she was suddenly attacked by a 21-year-old criminal named Steven Bailey. Torres, who was eight months pregnant, tried to protect herself, but Bailey punched her in the face. The bus driver pulled the man off of Torres and he was charged with three felonies and is being held without bail.
But the story didn’t end there. Christina Robles-Favela had been the only other person on the bus and witnessed the entire incident.
“It was just the two of us left on the bus,” Robles-Favela said, who quickly befriended Torres. “It was quiet. I had to break the ice.”
In the short time that they were on the bus together, Robles-Favela learned that Torres didn’t have any baby supplies and didn’t have plans for a baby shower. Knowing that Torres needed someone by her side, Robles-Favela escorted her on the ambulance ride, to the hospital and spent hours with her at the police station.
Soon after they got to the hospital, Robles-Favela’s husband, David, brought them food and assisted Torres when she called her relatives.
“We were there for hours,” Robles-Favela said about the police station visit. “We talked about what she needs for the baby, which is basically everything. We asked her if she wanted to have a baby shower and she said yes.'”
Torres, who is due in October had a bit of a scare while the doctor was examining her after the incident. They had trouble finding the heartbeat and then, luckily, they detected it and the baby kicked.
“I’m so thankful,” Torres said.
The couple had grown so attached to Torres that they invited her to stay at their new home.
“She’s so young. The attack can definitely make or break a person,” Robles-Favela said. “There’s more than enough room here. We talked and said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We’re not even completely moved in yet. We’re in the position to help and so we’re going to.”
Since they met the young woman, the couple has raised money for Torres’ registry and they admitted that the outpour of support from friends and strangers has been overwhelming.
“I think that’s so kind of her,” said Torres, who is blown away by the support she’s received. “I’m so thankful she was there.”
The couple feels like they crossed paths with Torres for a reason and they are in a position to help and they fully plan on helping.
“I feel I was there for a reason,” Robles-Favela said. “I told her, ‘I will be in your life for as long as you want. I told her, ‘People are nice. What you witnessed is a bad lot in society. For one bad person, there are 10 good ones.'”
Torres has chosen the couple as her baby’s God parents and they willingly accepted the request.