A policeman saves a life and the boy becomes an honor student
Two years later:
When Thompson arrived at the scene, he was stunned to see a severely underweight boy -- his wrists bound by belts, with bruises along his back and a huge knot on his head. The 8-year-old boy had been submerged in a trash can full of cold water.
He weighed just 61 pounds at the time.
"He did not have a spot on his body that didn't have a bruise or abrasion," Thompson said. "It was the worst thing I've ever seen."
After covering the boy, who was named John, with a blanket, Thompson took him to an Oklahoma Children's Advocacy Center so detectives and investigators could take photographs. When they were done, Thompson drove him to the emergency room.
"I sat with him," Thompson said. "And when he was admitted into the intensive care unit, I sat all night until the next day."
Thompson refused to let John out of his sight. He knew from the first moment he saw him he wanted to take care of him for the rest of his life.
"When I'd seen him in that house shivering and his hands tied -- just soaking wet and confused -- I knew at that moment the only time I would be satisfied and sure that he was safe is if he was with me," Thompson said.
Two years later:
...Which goes to show that good parenting can make a difference in a child's life and give them the opportunity to be successful. This police officer and his wife deserve the credit for this change of circumstances for an abused child.
"John is amazing. He's a straight-A student, on the honor roll, in the gifted and talented program, involved in the local drama club," Thompson said of his now 10-year-old son. "That kid's very resilient. He bounced back from this."