Sentencing will be handed down Wednesday to a London couple who kept their 10-year-old nephew locked in a squalid bedroom for two years.
The 45-year-old man and 51-year-old woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty in May to failing to provide the necessaries of life.
London Police officers found the boy in a home on Asima Drive in the city’s southeast end in May of 2014, after checking a tip from the Children’s Aid Society about the welfare of a child.
His bed was soaked with urine, he was not allowed to bath, and the room was littered with garbage and clumps of the boy’s hair which he was either pulling out, or had fallen out because he was malnourished.
His only outside interaction was with his aunt, who dropped off fast food twice a day. She would immediately lock the door behind her.
The boy, who’s now 12 years old, has been thriving since being placed in foster care. His aunt and uncle have apologized and expressed remorse for their actions.
The child’s aunt and uncle arrived in Canada from South Korea in 1997. The boy had been in the care of the couple since 2010 as his father ran into difficulty and could no longer financially support him. He made the decision to send his son to London to live with his aunt.
When the couple fell on tough times, the boy became a burden they decided to hide away. Even their own daughter didn’t know her cousin’s name before Police visited the home.
She was also placed in foster care, and the couple has been working to regain custody.
The Crown is pushing for a jail sentence of between one and two years, while the defense wants one to two years of house arrest.