Twelve-year-old Thomas and his three younger siblings, ages 10, 7, and 6, were hungry, but they had run out of food. His mother was sick. If his family was to eat, Thomas knew it was up to him. He slipped into the convenience store. Bread, soup, that should do it, he thought as he quickly grabbed the groceries. Trying to sneak out, he was caught by the store’s security guard, who alerted the police. Thomas was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

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