FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP/KDKA) – Donations to help a 7-year-old boy police in southwest Ohio say was trying to sell a stuffed animal to buy food have been coming in to a local church.
A woman answering the phone at St. Mary of the Assumption in Franklin said Monday that no details are available yet on donations. The Franklin police report says Officer Steve Dunham found the boy in front of a drug store this month.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Second Lady Gisele Fetterman Calls On Pennsylvanians To Support Bills Helping Bureau Of Dog Law Enforcement
“I think he thought he would get in trouble,” Dunham said, according to CNN. “He told me he was hungry and was trying to get money for food.”
He told the officer he hadn’t eaten for several days. Dunham took him to a restaurant to eat.READ MORE: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Pittsburgh, South Hills
Police say other officers went to the home and found four older boys, ages 11, 12, 15 and 17, living amid garbage and cat urine.
The 7-year-old watched cartoons at the police station with a dispatcher for a few hours until a family member picked him up. The boy’s parents pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges.CCAC Hosting Virtual Open House
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