FRANKLIN, Ohio – It was a call that hit Officer Steve Dunham at his core.
Officers in Franklin, Ohio received a call on Sunday that a young boy was wandering the streets alone.
When Dunham reached the boy, he learned that the 7-year-old was trying to sell his teddy bear to get money for food.
“It broke my heart,” Dunham told WLWT. “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 immediately took the boy to get some food before heading to the police station.
Authorities soon learned that the child and his four brothers lived in a house of filth.
Their parents, Tammy and Michael Bethel, were charged with 10 counts of child endangering.
The boys were all removed from the home and are staying with family members.