Neighbours Shocked By Discovery Of Boy

The playset at a London home where a child was locked in a bedroom for 18-24 months. May 30, 2014. (Photo by Ashton Patis)

Neighbours say they had no idea a child even lived at the Asmia Dr. home where police discovered a 10-year-old boy locked in his bedroom, covered in urine and living in filth.

“We never saw any children what so ever, and I’ve been here two years. I walk the dog three times a day and we never, ever saw kids in there,” says neighbour Ginette Jacques. “I’m sorry, but it’s sick. It’s sick. It’s pretty sad. I feel bad for the children.”

The London Children’s Aid Society and London police found the child on Thursday, after a neighbour called in an anonymous tip.

Investigators say the scene was horrific. The boy had been locked inside a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom for 18-24 months.

“The condition in the bedroom can’t really be described as anything but squalid conditions. There was food waste, and food wrappers throughout the bedroom, feces and urine. The bed was urine soaked, as were the pajamas the young boy was wearing,” says London police Detective Inspector Kevin Heslop. “The child was pale, he was underweight and you could tell he’d been in there for some period of time.”

Police say the boy was living with his aunt and uncle, and he was fed fast food twice a day. After the discovery he was immediatly taken to the hospital and treated for malnourishment. He has since been released.

The two face charges of forcible confinement and failing to provide the necessaries of life. Their biological daughter, who is 9, was also taken from the home and placed in foster care.

The boy was not born in Canada and his parents do not reside in the country. The investigation is ongoing.