Absolutely Disgusting


SLM
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Boy rescued from squalid room where he had been locked for up to 2 years: police

By The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press 14 hours ago

LONDON, Ont. - A 10-year-old boy rescued in urine-soaked pyjamas from a squalid bedroom where he had been confined for up to two years expressed hope, authorities say, that he can now attend school.
After receiving an anonymous tip, authorities discovered the boy in horrific conditions, locked in a bedroom of his aunt and uncle's house in the southwestern Ontario city.
"There was a lot of garbage in the house," London Police Insp. Kevin Heslop said at a news conference Friday.
"There was a lot of packaging from fast food outlets. In the bedroom specifically there was feces, urine, the bed was soaked in urine, as was the child's pyjamas when the child was found and there was food waste throughout the house."
The boy had been locked in the bedroom for at least 18 months, possibly as long as two years, Heslop said. He may have been out "for a brief period of time" in 2013, he said. The boy was typically fed twice a day, fast food that was left for him to eat, Heslop said.
"The master bedroom had an ensuite bathroom so the child had access to a toilet and shower, however the room in fact the entire house was in squalid condition," Heslop said.
The boy's aunt and uncle have been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and forcible confinement. Their names are not being released to protect the boy's identity.
The boy was underweight, malnourished, confused and pale, Heslop said. He had been living with his aunt and uncle since 2010, when the boy came to Canada. He speaks "some" English, Heslop said.
He would not say what country the boy came from, but his parents do not live in Canada and investigators have not yet been able to contact them, he said.
"I don't know if they know," Heslop said.
It doesn't appear as though the boy went to school, he said.
His aunt and uncle also have a biological child, who the executive director of the local children's aid society described as a nine-year-old girl. There is no evidence the couple's biological child was ever locked in a room, Heslop said.
Both children were apprehended and taken into care, said Jane Fitzgerald, the executive director of the Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex.
"We're now just getting to know this boy," she said.
"I think that we were happy to find out from him that some of the things that he wants to do right away is he wanted regular food and he said the one thing he really wants is to go to school. I think that's a good sign. He wants to re-enter the world."
CAS was involved in 2007 with an incident involving the aunt, a former partner and a teenager, Fitzgerald said. But CAS had never been inside this home before nor had they been involved with this family unit, she said.
Authorities got an anonymous tip from a community member about a child who was reported to be home alone late into the evening, prompting a CAS worker to visit the house Thursday afternoon, Fitzgerald said. Though no one appeared to be home, the worker saw a shadow behind drapery and contacted police, she said.
A teenager who lived in the house next door said she had seen a man and woman and even the girl on occasion, but not the boy.
The house had a playset in the backyard with a swing and a slide, which the girl could be seen playing on occasionally, but the boy authorities found was never seen, the neighbour said.
"We had no idea that he was up there. We had no idea that he was even in that house," the 16-year-old said.
"It seemed like a pretty normal house. We never would have suspected something like that."
Fitzgerald praised the courage shown by the tipster.
"Ensuring a child's safety is a community responsibility, so if anyone in our community have reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection, please call us," she said.
"That is how we are able to protect children. We know it is not an easy call to make, but it can save the life of a child."
The case has some similarities to that of Jeffrey Baldwin, a Toronto boy locked for long stretches of time in a cold, fetid room by his grandparents and so severely starved that when he died in 2002, just shy of his sixth birthday, his weight was that of a 10-month-old infant.
In Jeffrey's case some of his siblings, who also lived with their grandparents, were not subjected to the same neglect and abuse. Like this boy, Jeffrey was also not enrolled in school.
Irwin Elman, the provincial advocate for children and youth, noted how the recommendations that came out of the Jeffrey Baldwin coroner's inquest earlier this year stressed that protecting kids is not only the job of children's aid societies, but is "every citizen's responsibility."
Elman sees many similarities between the two cases, but one big difference.
"I think that's important to recognize that in this situation a member of the public, it seems, came forward with a concern and to me that speaks to the recommendations about child protection not being in the sole purview of the child welfare system," he said.
"This person who made the call, who expressed a concern, may very well have saved a child's life."
Written by Allison Jones in Toronto with a file from Diana Mehta.


http://ca.news.yahoo.com/boy-found-l...163118733.html


Some people are just absolute barbarians.
 
Sal
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I don't know what to say about this one. I heard about him on the radio driving home from work yesterday...they were talking about being a nosy neighbour and that we should all be nosy neighbours because this is yet another confinement that has gone on for years.

How many more exist out there? How many people have slaves living in their house as domestics, or kids chained and abused etc.

apparently it is much bigger than we could guess

that is highly disturbing
 
talloola
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when i think about all of the things that my grandchildren have been doing everyday for the past 18 mos.,
then realize that this boy, for all of that time, was locked in a room, and not allowed to have a normal
life, it makes me feel sick and sad.

i'm sure they were receiving a nice little cheque each month from the parents for the 'wonderful care',
that was being given to their son.

glad he is able to move forward now, and more glad they have been found out, now they can suffer.

i'm interested to know what will happen to their daughter, who, it seems was living a normal life.
she will have some emotional trauma as she realizes over the next few years, as she grows up, that
her own parents were very 'uncaring and mean', and although the boy obviously will not live there again,
if she does, she has to look at them each day and remember what they did to him.
 
JLM
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Sal View Post

I don't know what to say about this one. I heard about him on the radio driving home from work yesterday...they were talking about being a nosy neighbour and that we should all be nosy neighbours because this is yet another confinement that has gone on for years.

How many more exist out there? How many people have slaves living in their house as domestics, or kids chained and abused etc.

apparently it is much bigger than we could guess

that is highly disturbing


And people wonder why I'm in favour of the death penalty!
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

And people wonder why I'm in favour of the death penalty!


the death penalty would have prevented this?
 
JLM
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by talloola View Post

when i think about all of the things that my grandchildren have been doing everyday for the past 18 mos.,
then realize that this boy, for all of that time, was locked in a room, and not allowed to have a normal
life, it makes me feel sick and sad.

i'm sure they were receiving a nice little cheque each month from the parents for the 'wonderful care',
that was being given to their son.

glad he is able to move forward now, and more glad they have been found out, now they can suffer.

i'm interested to know what will happen to their daughter, who, it seems was living a normal life.
she will have some emotional trauma as she realizes over the next few years, as she grows up, that
her own parents were very 'uncaring and mean', and although the boy obviously will not live there again,
if she does, she has to look at them each day and remember what they did to him.


Yep, a big "can of worms" (two big ones in particular) got opened up there! On the bright side the kid has probably resolved never to be like his and aunt and uncle.

Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh View Post

the death penalty would have prevented this?


A little "tongue in cheek" there, Ger.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh View Post

the death penalty would have prevented this?

I know of no US state which has the death penalty which would have applied it here either. There was no murder.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

A little "tongue in cheek" there, Ger.


ahhhhhhh, making jokes when discussing a disgusting tragedy. Never could quite wrap my head around that.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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#9
Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh View Post

ahhhhhhh, making jokes when discussing a disgusting tragedy. Never could quite wrap my head around that.

It's called "black humour" or "gallows humour." A classic example is one day after the worst night of the Blitz to date, the London Times carried a 72-point headline that read "Temper, temper, Mr. Hitler."

It has a place in many people's worlds. Clearly not in yours.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

I know of no US state which has the death penalty which would have applied it here either. There was no murder.


Hopefully not, but destroying isn't much better. A childhood was destroyed and who know what the future ramifications could be?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

Hopefully not, but destroying isn't much better. A childhood was destroyed and who know what the future ramifications could be?

Sorry, I should have been clearer. In no point in my original post did I condone or imply approval of the atrocity that happened with the OP. I just said that there is no place in North America where this would have been treated as a capital case. Sorry for the confusion.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh View Post

ahhhhhhh, making jokes when discussing a disgusting tragedy. Never could quite wrap my head around that.


If humour can help get you past a difficult situation, why not?
 
Goober
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I was in Chatham when this atrociy occurred.
Neighbors knew there was a son. Never seen, no one asked. no one complained, no one investigated, no one took that extra step, he died a horrible death.

Mother of starved child seeks full parole
 
The Old Medic
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I wish that a concerned neighbor had contacted the authorities when I was a child. But, they didn't, and neither did any school officials Surely someone noticed that I was ill fed, that I was ill clothed, that I showed marks from beatings, that I was constantly changing schools, etc?

I applaud whoever blew the whistle on those people.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by The Old Medic View Post

I wish that a concerned neighbor had contacted the authorities when I was a child. But, they didn't, and neither did any school officials Surely someone noticed that I was ill fed, that I was ill clothed, that I showed marks from beatings, that I was constantly changing schools, etc?

I applaud whoever blew the whistle on those people.


I do too, anyone seeing marks on a child and not reporting it is now legally responsible.

it is a shame that it wasn't always so, I know there were a few kids in my class growing up which looking back on it now, I am certain those girls were sexually abused...kids are funny that way, they can sense things...I didn't know what was wrong but there was something
 

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