Parents enter plea after boy tried to sell teddy bear for food

Franklin Police Headquarters in Ohio. (Source: Franklin Police)
Franklin Police Headquarters in Ohio. (Source: Franklin Police)

LEBANON, Ohio — An Ohio boy’s parents have pleaded guilty to child endangering charges after police say an officer found the 7-year-old trying to sell a stuffed animal to buy food.

Michael and Tammi Bethel, of Franklin, entered pleas Friday. They’re scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 27.

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Tammi Bethel’s attorney says she’s accepting responsibility and taking steps to get back her children, who were placed with other relatives.

A message seeking comment was left for Michael Bethel’s attorney.

Franklin police say Officer Steve Dunham found the boy in front of a drug store last month. The boy told Dunham he hadn’t eaten for days, so the officer took him to a restaurant.

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

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