Praise surprises cop who fed boy trying to sell toy for food

Franklin, Ohio, Police Officer Steve Dunham speaks, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, in Franklin, Ohio. Dunham who bought a meal for a 7-year-old boy who authorities say was trying to sell a stuffed animal to buy food says calls praising him and even proposing marriage surprised him. Franklin police say they have been inundated with emails and phone calls praising Officer Steve Dunham’s actions. (Ed Richter/The Journal-News via AP)

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio police officer who bought a meal for a 7-year-old boy who authorities say was trying to sell a stuffed animal to buy food says he’s surprised to get so much praise and even a marriage proposal.

Franklin police say they have been inundated with emails and phone calls praising Officer Steve Dunham’s actions. One call included a marriage proposal. Dunham told the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that one gave his wife a good laugh.

Dunham found the boy wandering downtown earlier this month and took him to a restaurant after the boy said he hadn’t eaten in several days.

Police say other officers went to the boy’s home and found four older boys living amid garbage and cat urine.

The boy’s parents have pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges.

 

 

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