Ohio officer helps 7-year-old boy selling stuffed animal for food

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FRANKLIN, Ohio — A police officer in Ohio got directly involved when he saw a boy desperate for food.

It started when Franklin police received a call about a boy wandering downtown alone.

Officer Steve Dunham found a 7-year-old boy, in front of a drugstore, trying to sell his stuffed animal.

“He told me he was trying to sell his stuffed animal to get money for food because he hadn’t eaten in several days,” said Dunham.

The officer took the boy to a Subway sandwich shop before they both went to the Franklin police station.

It turns out the child and his four brothers were living in squalor.

Police say they found cockroaches and urine in the home.

Parents Tammy and Michael Bethel are charged with child endangerment.

“Hopefully the officer’s actions change these kids’ lives and maybe change the lives of the parents to become better parents, ” said Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman.

The boy and his brothers were removed from the home so they can stay with relatives.