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Police Officer Adopts Child He Saved From Abusive Home

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An Oklahoma police officer went above and beyond the call of duty when he adopted a young boy that he helped save from an extremely abusive home.

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Jody Thompson first met his adopted son, John, in 2015 when he was pulling into the parking lot of work and a child abuse call went out.

“I thought I would respond to the call with on-duty officers to see if I could give any kind of assistance,” Officer Thompson told KFSM. The moment the patrolman arrived at the scene, he knew he would never leave his then 8-year-old son’s side.

“When I saw him in that house,” Thompson responded emotionally, “I knew.”

According to investigators, the abused child was bound by his hands and feet, and put in a trash barrel by his biological parents. He also wasn’t being fed at home—whatever he did eat he got at school—and was covered from head to toe in bruises.

It was Thompson who brought John to the hospital, where he stayed with him in intensive care during the recovery process. “And the rest is kind of history,” Thompson said.

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The Poteau Police Officer and his wife have since adopted John, who is now 10-years-old and has the same name last name. “He means everything in the world that we live in,” Thompson said. “He’s the strongest person I’ve ever met. He means the world.”

Despite his rough start in life, John is a straight-A student. When speaking about his adoptive father, he said “He’s the reason why I’m here right now.”

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But the Thompson family continues to grow. While they were going through the process of adopting John, they learned that his biological mother gave birth to a baby girl while she was in prison. The baby wasn’t even 24-hours-old when the Thompson’s took her home from the hospital.

Looking back on the case, Poteau Police Chief Stephen Freun said of his officer that “All of us can sit back and say we would do the same thing in that situation, but to come through with it and do that, that’s a measure of a man – a very good police officer.”

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