Officer adopts child from abuse case

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 17:18:59-04

 POTEAU, OK (KFSM/CNN) - An Oklahoma police officer went beyond the call of duty to adopt a young boy who was at the center of a child abuse investigation.

Ten-year-old John Thompson took a ride in his dad's cruiser today. His dad is Poteau patrolman Jody Thompson.

He's been with the department for five years.

The two met under extreme circumstances.

Thompson showed up at a child abuse call in 2015.

Investigators say John was bound and in a barrel. They believe that happened at the hands of his biological parents.

The little boy broke free and the officer took him to the hospital, waited by his side as he recovered in the intensive care unit and decided he never wanted to leave him.

When Thompson was asked when did you know this was your son, the patrolman replied:  "When I seen him. When I seen him in that house I knew."

Thompson and his wife adopted John. It was a long process, but the little boy now has the same last name as Thompson.

The boy is a straight “A” student in the gifted and talented program and loves his dad.

John said his dad is the reason why he's here right now.

John's biological mother gave birth to a baby girl in jail.

Thompson's family also took her in.

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