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  1. #1
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    Nov 2010

    OH - Boy Peddles Teddy Bear for Food, Parents Charged, Franklin, 11 Aug 2016

    This is heartbreaking:

    Officials said they received a call on Sunday afternoon that a young boy was wandering in downtown Franklin alone.


    “It broke my heart,” Dunham said. “He told me he was trying to sell his stuffed animal to get money for food because he hadn't eaten in several days.”
    Read more at http://www.wlwt.com/news/franklin-bo...-duty/41162218

  2. #2
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    Aug 2012
    Good overview, including mom's attempts to refute the case (can't say she convinced me much!)

    Apologies for the mobile link, if anyone can put up a regular one, much appreciated!


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  3. #3
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    Aug 2012
    And apologies again as I can't get a link to the direct post, but here's the police department fb where "mom" is commenting:


    Scroll down to Aug 12 at 11:15 am post and go to comments. She's Tammi Bethel.

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  4. #4
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    Aug 2003
    WestCoast, MI
    Here's a link to the direct post on the Franklin Ohio PD FaceBook page.

  5. #5
    Ohio church accepts donations for 'starving boy, 7, who was found trying to sell his teddy bear for food'

    The Franklin boy was found trying to raise money on August 7, cops say

    Now a church in the city is raising money for the boy and his brothers

    Police say they found the kids - aged 7-17 - living in cat urine and garbage

    The children have been placed with relatives and their parents charged

    Tammi and Michael Bethel pleaded not guilty to child endangerment

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4HPYcojp8

  6. #6
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    Feb 2015
    This cop takes the kid to subway, for a meal, said a little prayer before eating...

    Why did he not pray that the good Lord give him the grace and humility to handle this situation sensitively, instead of publicly shaming and humiliating this entire family?

    Those poor children indeed. Pics of the inside of their fridge, their messy home plastered all over the news...How is that "helpful"? Charitable? Kind?

    Honestly! I don't think this 7yr old, when he is older, is going to look back with fondness on that 'nice officer' who bought me lunch.

    Oh yes, it makes great press, shames mom, I get it, but those kids will suffer.

    Shame is so freaking destructive to the soul. I don't see any "Hero's" in this. At. All. jmo

    I also highly doubt this kid was 'starving', and hadn't eaten in 'several days'...

    The whole family may need some help, but public condemnation rarely heals anyone.
    Last edited by Safeguard; 08-16-2016 at 01:12 AM.

  7. #7
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    Jun 2016
    August 18, 2016
    12:10 AM EDT

    Cop Who Fed Boy Trying to Sell Teddy Bear for Food, Praised

    An Ohio police officer who bought a meal for a 7-year-old boy who authorities say was trying to sell a teddy bear to buy food says he's surprised by all the praise he's received.

    Franklin police say they've been inundated with emails and phone calls praising Officer Steve Dunham's actions. One call even included a marriage proposal.


    Also another good read:


  8. #8
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    Feb 2015
    Again, making a public spectacle of this entire family, was not the act of a "Christian" as office Dunham proclaims himself to be.

    It was the equivalent of putting the whole family in stocks in the village courtyard.

    These children did not deserve to have their personal lives plastered all over the news. World wide. Just so this PD could score some good press. Very depressing that the people seem to ignore how these children were humiliated for the sake of egotistical "Christian" LE. Uhhgggg...

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  10. #10
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    Aug 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie in Spokane View Post
    According to the article, Blondie, I think they pled guilty?

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