Donations coming in for boy selling stuffed animal for food

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FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) – Donations to help a 7-year-old boy police in southwest Ohio say was trying to sell a stuffed animal to buy food have been coming in to a local church.

A woman answering the phone at St. Mary of the Assumption in Franklin said Monday that no details are available yet on donations. The Franklin police report says Officer Steve Dunham found the boy in front of a drug store this month. He told the officer he hadn’t eaten for several days.

Dunham took him to a restaurant to eat. Police say other officers went to the home and found four older boys living amid garbage and cat urine.

Children services authorities placed the children with other relatives. Their parents pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges.

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