An Oklahoma police officer is being hailed as a local hero for adopting a young boy that he discovered in deplorable conditions as he investigated a child abuse call back in 2015 â€“ a move he claims he knew would come to pass from the moment he saw his future son.
Poteau Police Officer Jody Thompson was just pulling into work when he received the call that would have him cross paths with eight-year-old John, KFSM reported.
â€śWhen I seen him… When I seen him in that house, I knew,â€ť he recalled.
According to Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen, the child was found under nightmarish circumstances: â€śwhen we found him he was bound by his hands and his feet with rope and had been submerged in a trash can and held in the shower.â€ť
â€śThey werenâ€™t feeding him,â€ť Fruen continued. â€śHe didnâ€™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.â€ť
Officer Thompson escorted the scared boy to the hospital and stayed by his side the entire time as he recovered in the intensive care unit â€“ â€śand the rest is history,â€ť as he tells it.
â€śHe means everything in the world that we live in,â€ť Thompson said. â€śHeâ€™s the strongest person Iâ€™ve ever met. He means the world.â€ť
Thanks to the loving household provided by Thompson and his wife, John Thompson is now a straight-A student who was placed in the gifted and talented program at his school. Even at his young age, John is very much aware of how significant his fatherâ€™s actions were.
â€śHe was helpful to me. Heâ€™s the reason why Iâ€™m here right now,â€ť he told the news station.
While the Thompson family was going through the adoption process with John, they learned that his biological mother gave birth to a baby girl in jail. The Thompsons adopted her as well.