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.
Sources: WLWT, City of Franklin / Photo credit: BlueLivesMatter.com