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Ohio Police Officer finds 7-year-old boy trying to sell teddy bear for food

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FRANKLIN, Ohio -

Police in Franklin, Ohio step in after a young boy was found trying to sell his teddy bear for food. 

On Sunday afternoon, Officer Steve Dunham got a report about a little boy wondering downtown Franklin alone. The 7-year-old was peddling his toy in front of a drug store to get money to eat.

"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 told local media. 

Officer Dunham took the child to Subway to get something to eat, then brought him back to the Franklin Police Department

"They treated them like their own kids and that's exactly what law enforcement does in situations like this, is how would we want someone to treat our kids," Chief Russ Whitman said. 

Officers say the child and his four brothers lived in squalor, with cockroaches, urine, cat urine, and human urine.

Investigators have now charged the parents Tammy and Michael Bethel with 10 counts of child endangering.

"Hopefully these officers actions change these kids lives and maybe change the lives of the parents to become better parents," Chief Whitman said.

Officer Dunham doesn't look at it as anything but just doing his job. And he made a new friend in the process.

"I came back to check on him and he was hiding and he jumped out to scare me when I came back in the building," Dunham said. "He got me real good!" 

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