A police officer from Poteau, Oklahoma, had no idea that when he responded to a call about a severely abused child in 2015 that the boy would end up becoming his adopted son.
“I thought I would respond to the call with on duty officers to see if I could give any kind of assistance,” Officer Jody Thompson told KSFM-TV.
When Thompson saw the 8-year-old boy, he couldn’t believe how badly abused he had been.
“Based on some of the case facts, when we found him he was bound by his hands and feet with rope and had been submerged in a trash can, held in the shower,” Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen said. “They weren’t feeding him. He didn’t have much to eat. I think what he did get to eat he got at school. Bruises, he was covered in bruises from head to toe.”
“When I seen him in that house … I knew,” Thompson said.
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According to CBS News, Thompson covered the boy in a blanket and took him to a nearby Children’s Advocacy Center. After filling out paperwork, they went straight for the emergency room.
“I sat with him,” Thompson said. “And when he was admitted into the intensive care unit, I sat all night until the next day.”
“When I’d seen him in that house shivering and his hands tied — just soaking wet and confused — I knew at that moment the only time I would be satisfied and sure that he was safe is if he was with me.”
Thompson decided to do what he could to help the boy and made a trip down to Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services and got certified to become a foster parent so that he could bring John into his family.
“At the time, I had a 15-year-old son and an 8-year-old son. When I brought John home I didn’t tell them or my wife,” Thompson said. “Everyone knew … they trusted I was doing the right thing before they even knew what happened and heard the story.”
Days later, Thompson was informed by his wife that she was pregnant and he even decided to adopt John’s sibling that his mother gave birth to while she was in prison.
“John is amazing. He’s a straight-A student, on the honor roll, in the gifted and talented program, involved in the local drama club,” Thompson said. “That kid’s very resilient. He bounced back from this.”
“Never in my life did I dream of having a large family, but God had different plans and so here we are. And I’m loving it all.”
What an amazing human being. John is a lucky boy to have had such a caring individual show up to that call.
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