A 7-year-old boy in the historical town of Franklin, Ohio, reportedly tried to sell his teddy bear to get money for food.
He was found on Aug. 7 by Franklin police Officer Steve Dunham, who got a report of a young boy wandering around the busy downtown streets alone, reports WLWT.
As Dunham said, “It broke my heart … He told me he was trying to sell his stuffed animal to get money for food because he hadn’t eaten in several days.”
He took the enterprising boy to a nearby Subway restaurant to get a sandwich, then escorted him back to the Franklin Police Department, where they “said a little prayer and ate dinner together,” Dunham said.
Further investigation revealed the boy and his four brothers lived in a home full of trash and liquor bottles.
The boys’ parents, Tammy and Michael Bethel were charged with 10 counts of child endangering.
Their children, who range in age from 7 to 17, are now staying with family members, and the parents are not allowed to have contact with them.
Dunham says was just doing his job, and made a new friend in the process. The new friends even played together at the police station.
Dunham said: “I came back to check on him and he was hiding. He jumped out to scare me when I came back in the building; he got me real good.“
He concluded with a philosophical thought on the matter, saying most police officers just want to go home at the end of the day feeling like they’ve done something positive and had a positive impact on the community.
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