‘It broke my heart’: Officer helps 7-year-old boy trying to sell teddy bear for food

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FRANKLIN, Ohio – An officer in Ohio went above and beyond after finding a 7-year-old boy wandering alone, trying to sell his teddy bear for food, WLWT reports.

Officer Steve Dunham saw the boy wandering around a busy area in downtown Franklin all by himself.

“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,” Dunham told WLWT.

Dunham bought the child some food from Subway and took him to the Franklin police Department.

Police began investigating the boy’s situation and discovered he lived with his four brothers in a home full of garbage, cat urine, and liquor bottles. His parents were charged with 10 counts of child endangering.

“(Police) treated them like their own kids, and that’s exactly what law enforcement does in situations like this. How would we want someone to treat our kids? Hopefully, these officers’ actions change these kids’ lives and maybe change the lives of the parents to become better parents,” said Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman.

According to police, the boy and his four brothers are now staying with family members, and their parents have been ordered to have no contact with them.

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  • Antonio Yanes

    Law enforcement is not all about chasing criminals. These men and women also have hearts, and compassion. As seen in the above story. God Bless them for all the good that they be er get credit for.

  • Charles Whealton

    A good article about GREAT people helping innocent victims. There was only one thing that bothered me, and that was the part where it was said that hopefully this will “maybe change the lives of the parents to become better parents”. Please tell me there aren’t already plans in the works to send them back to the parents who did this to them. You know, I absolutely get it if a family just doesn’t have any money and they’re actively looking for help, but “garbage, cat urine, and liquor bottles”? Please don’t just send them back without being WAY BEYOND 100% certain that you’re not sending them to a death sentence. That being said, those of you who helped these children are the absolute BEST.

  • Hateu

    Should have let him starve.. We need a planned parenthood on every block in the inner cities. Until they learn how to raise kids they shouldn’t have any

    • BETH

      Really like you can pick your parents – you are an uneducated fool. There is birth control out there which is free so think before you make such a comment. Stupidest comment ever.