Starving child desperately tries to trade teddy bear for food until kindhearted cop steps in
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In 21st century America, no child should be going hungry.
But this story shows just how bad the situation can be, thanks to awful parents.
A seven-year-old child was standing in front of CVS in Franklin, Ohio one day.
Whenever a customer left of entered the store, he held up a patchy teddy bear. He was trying to sell it.
Soon, a customer called the police, worried for the child’s safety.
A little later, Officer Steve Dunham showed up at the scene. He walked up to the young child and asked why he was trying to sell his toy.
The child then said that he hadn’t eaten in days and was desperate for some food money.
Dunham said that he would help the child and that he wouldn’t go hungry anymore.
Dunham and the boy went to his police car. As they were driving along, Dunham asked the boy where his parents were.
Then the cop requested for some officers to go around to the boy’s home address, to see what the parents were up to.
Dunham and the boy stopped at a nearby Subway.
The cop bought the boy a huge sandwich and watched as he devoured it quickly.
It was clear that the boy wasn’t lying about not having eaten in days.
Dunham could only imagine how terrible his parents were.
Dunham’s colleagues arrived at the boy’s parents’ home.
Even though they were experienced officers, who had seen many dysfunctional homes, they were mortified at what they found.
Four older children were in the dwelling. They were also hungry.
And every single room in the home was completely filthy.
Garbage was strewn everywhere. Roaches were in every corner. And the stench of cat pee was overpowering.
Inside the fridge, there was only rotting food.
Amazingly, the parents of the children, Michael and Tammi Bethel, were both in this home.
The cops immediately arrested them and charged them with child endangerment.
Shortly after this, all of the kids, the one with Dunham included, were all taken in by other relatives.
However, despite the blindingly obvious fact that the parents were indeed being negligent of their children, the mother has denied it.
She took to Facebook and claimed that the cops had merely arrived on the wrong day.
Apparently, the mess was entirely caused by the children in a short period of time.
She also pointed out that the CVS where the child was selling his teddy bear was just across the road from her house.
Because the fact that the boy was desperate for food from close to home is any less bad?
But when the Bethels’ court date came around, they both decided to plead guilty to their child endangerment charges. They were then sentenced to six months in jail.
You may think that this sentence was harsh, but this was not the first time that the police had had to intervene on the Bethels’ parenting.
In fact, it was the seventh time that the children had had to be taken from their home in the last 10 years.
Many people have praised the efforts of Officer Dunham and his colleagues.
In fact, the Franklin Police Department’s chief has specifically cited Dunham and the fellow officers’ actions as being exemplary.
“They treated him like their own kids. And that’s exactly what law enforcement does in situations like this. It’s how we would want someone to treat our kids.” – Chief Russ Whitman.
If only everyone were like Officer Dunham, there would be no struggling children in America!
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Source : https://relieved.co