Cop adopts abused boy - then his newborn sister too

Cop adopts abused boy - then his newborn sister too

The minute Officer Jody Thompson met a little boy at a child abuse call in 2015, he knew his life would be forever changed.

"I thought I would respond to the call with on-duty officers to see if I could give any kind of assistance", Thompson told KFSM. John was admitted to the hospital and placed in the ICU. "They [the biological parents] weren't feeding him".

The next day, Thompson began the process to become a foster parent.

Their other children are 16-year-old Ryan, Charley, 10, and six-month-old Zaven. "When I brought John home I didn't tell them or my wife", Thompson told CBS News. Jody refused to leave John's side and knew that the only way John would be safe was if he was with him.

The Thompsons said they made a decision to share their story in the hopes of offering strength and comfort to other abuse victims.

Thompson says John, who is now ten years old, is the "toughest guy he's ever met" and is a straight-A student who is involved in his community. He's taken on his dad's last name as well.

"For what John went through, he went through a lot more than many adults have ever went through", Thompson said.

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Thompson and his wife adopted John and his baby sister.

In the United States, about 700,000 children are abused and neglected every year, with the parent being the perpetrator in 78.1 percent of the cases, according to the National Children's Alliance.

Officer Jody Thompson received a certificate of commendation Tuesday from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigations with his family by his side for going above and beyond his call of duty, CBS News reported.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, there were more than 15,000 substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect in the state in 2016, almost three-quarters of which was perpetrated by a mother or father. John went home with Thompson on April 30, 2015, but wasn't officially adopted until August when his parents, who are both incarcerated, relinquished their rights as parents.

"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", Fruen said. "It's men like you that make me proud of our law enforcement brothers and sisters".

They picked her up from the hospital the next day - when she was just a day old - and brought her straight home. "I am proud to serve with you".

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