- Jody responded to a child abuse call
- He found the 8-year-old boy malnourished and bound at the wrists in ice water
- He rescued and adopted him
A police officer in Oklahoma, US, went beyond the call of duty by adopting an eight-year-old abused boy.
According to liftable.com, Jody Thompson responded to a routine call of physical child abuse in 2015. However, what he encountered was anything but routine.
In an interview, Jody said he found the boy, John, bound by the wrists and severely malnourished. He was also covered in bruises and was immersed in a can of ice water.
Jody immediately rescued John and took him to a Children’s Advocacy Centre. As the boy received treatment, Jody sat by him the whole time.
The next day, he applied to be John's foster father at Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services. He explained his decision:
When I’d seen him in that house shivering and his hands tied — just soaking wet and confused — I knew at that moment the only time I would be satisfied and sure that he was safe is if he was with me.
His decision initially took his family — his wife and two sons aged 15 and eight — by surprise. However, they eventually understood and welcomed John wholeheartedly.
Amazingly, Jody discovered two days later that his wife was pregnant. Just seven months later, John's biological mother gave birth while in jail. Again, Jody applied to adopt the baby.
We literally picked her up in the hospital the next day when she was a day old and brought her straight home. Never in my life did I dream of having a large family, but God had different plans and so here we are. And I’m loving it all.
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Jody's police department praised him for his kind gesture. However, he insisted that the real hero is John, who never allowed his situation to put him down.
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