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ARTICLE: The boy was wandering in the street in downtown Franklin, Ohio. He was trying to sell his teddy bear because he was hungry and hadn’t eaten in days.
“It broke my heart,” Officer Steve Dunham, who responded to a call from a resident about the 7-year-old boy, told WLWT, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati.
While Dunham took the boy to eat at a nearby Subway restaurant, two other officers went to the child’s home. They found more children – and a home filled with garbage, cat urine and liquor bottles, according to the Journal-News in Hamilton.
According to an officer’s report, the children’s parents created “a substantial risk of health and safety by neglecting the cleanliness in the residence, having a large amount of bugs and spoiled food throughout the residence, not having properly prepared and packaged food for the minor children to eat.”
The parents, Tammy and Michael Bethel, told police they did not realize the 7-year-old was not in the house, the newspaper reported.
All five of the Bethels’ children were removed by Warren County Childrens Services and placed with relatives, the Journal-News reported. A judge ordered the parents to not have any contact with the children.
Tammy and Michael Bethel are charged with five counts each of child endangering, all first-degree misdemeanors, according to reports.
Back at the police station, the 7-year-old boy made new friends.
“Officers see this nationwide everyday and they do go above and beyond to feed homeless, feed children … they treat people like their own family,” police Chief Russell Whitman told the Journal-News. “You can look at your local police departments wherever you’re at and you can find stories like this.”
Dunham told WLTW he just did his job.
“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,” Dunham said. “(We) would like to go home at the end of the day feeling like (we’ve) done something positive and, you know, had some kind of positive impact.”