Police officer adopts boy he met during child abuse call

Thompson said it was meant to

The two met in the most hard of circumstances, but for a police officer and a boy in Oklahoma, it was a moment that changed both of their lives forever.

When Oklahoma police officer Jody Thompson first met his new son John, the eight-year-old boy was covered in bruises, weighed slightly more than four stone, and had been submerged in a bin full of cold water.

John Thompson broke free, and Officer Thompson took him to the hospital and waited by his side in the ICU. The boy was starved and placed in a barrel with his hands and feet bound by rope, officers said.

Thompson said: 'We went through something bad, but we're not going got let it define who were are. "Everyone knew. they trusted I was doing the right thing before they even knew what happened and heard the story".

Thompson had been eager to offer his assistance as he'd had experience dealing with child abuse cases through his previous work for the district attorney's office before becoming a policeman.

Mr Thompson described John, now 10, as the "toughest guy I've ever met".

Officer Thompson and his wife adopted John.

Now 10 years old, John is a straight-A student and a part of the gifted and talented program, according to KXNW.

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Nearly seven months later, DHS contacted the officer to notify him that the boy's mother had given birth to a girl in prison.

Thompson took the victim, John, to an Oklahoma Children's Advocacy Center so detectives could collect information on the boy, and then drove John to the hospital.

"It's men like you that make me proud of our law enforcement brothers and sisters". He knew from the first moment he saw him he wanted to take care of him for the rest of his life. You are very deserving of this commendation.

"He means the world", Thompson said.

After the boy's parents, who are behind bars but awaiting trial, relinquished their parental rights, he was officially adopted in August.

'I've investigated child abuse cases before, ' Thompson told CBS News.

The boy, who now lives with Thompson and his wife, is excelling.

"What was the moment that you knew that this was your son?".

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