Certain people in the world continue to prove that humanity is alive and well.
An off duty police officer from Oklahoma heard a call regarding a child abuse case, though not working at the time this officer decided to respond and assist the on duty cops anyway. Upon arrival Jody Thompson discovered eight year old John badly beaten inside a trash can full of cold water with his hands bound together. Thompson went above and beyond when he decided to not only stay with the boy throughout recovery but become a foster parent so he could stay with him and protect him on a daily basis.
Thompson’s story began in 2015 when he received a call about an incidence of child abuse. Although he was off-duty at the time, he decided to respond to the call given his background working with child abuse cases in the district attorney’s office before he joined the Poteau Police Department.
“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.
Thompson arrived to find an emaciated, badly beaten 8-year-old boy in a trash can full of cold water.
“He did not have a spot on his body that didn’t have a bruise or abrasion,” Thompson said. “It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
The officer stayed by John’s side while he recovered in the intensive care unit, and decided that he wanted to take care of the child.
From that moment in the intensive care unit, Thompson took steps to become a certified foster parent and took John in.
Seven months later, the Thompsons got a call from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services asking if they would be interested in fostering a baby girl that John’s mother gave birth to while in jail.
The family took her in without hesitation.