Child abuse and neglect are problems that’s plagued humankind since the dawn of time.
Nonetheless, these cases are still unsettling every time we learn of them. Very often, children suffer in silence under the oppressive roof of their abusers while good people sit by and do nothing.
Their silence also allows their abusers to hide their crimes, making it harder to help them. Even when children are in danger of violence and sexual abuse, they are often too afraid to say anything, feeling that speaking out will only result in worse abuse.
Officer Jody Thompson is a well-seasoned Law Enforcement Officer. He’s grown accustomed to dealing with problems such as child abuse. He also lives with his wife and three kids in Oklahoma.
Officer Thompson has witnessed many terrible things throughout his career, but one case would change his life forever.
One day, in 2015, the officer received an urgent call about a child being abused. Responding quickly, Thompson soon found himself entering the home.
Upon entering, Jody encounters something that will haunt his memories for the rest of his life.
The ex-soldier immediately realized just how bad the situation was.
Thompson had been on the force for sixteen years; often he knew that urgent calls were not always as bad as they first appeared to be. But something in the officer’s gut told him this was an exception.
Thompson could also sense the desperation in the caller’s plea as they reported that they believed they were hearing a child being murdered by his parents.
Officer Thompson has been involved with a government program to prevent child abuse and was on patrol when the call came in. In seconds he turned around and sped toward the house.
However, even his years of experience could not prepare him for what he found in that house.
After breaking down the door, Officer Thompson discovered a terrified and confused 8-year-old little boy.
The child’s wrists and ankles had been tied with rope, and he was near death due to starvation.
The young boy was also covered in horrific bruises, and his parents had gone so far as to force the child into a trashcan filled with freezing ice water.
At first sight, Officer Thompson knew this child had suffered unspeakable torture. The child was trembling so hard that he couldn’t speak.
Overcome by his protective instinct, officer Thompson immediately leaped into action, knowing that there was no way he could leave this child in that environment.
Despite being on the verge of death, racked with shivers, and totally helpless, the officer could see something in the child that made him think of his own children.
The child, John, was rushed to a nearby emergency room, while Officer Thompson stayed with him.
“I promised him ‘Nobody’s gonna hurt you anymore, you’re with me,’” the officer said.