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Boy found locked in filthy room in London, Ont.

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 30, 2014 - 2:06 PM |
LONDON, Ont. - A 10-year-old boy was found locked in a bedroom in "squalid condition" in his uncle and aunt's home in London, Ont., where he was kept for as long as two years, police said Friday.

After the Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex got a tip from a member of the public, a child protection worker and police found the boy Thursday, underweight and malnourished, investigators said.

No one appeared to be home when authorities arrived that afternoon, but once the homeowners were tracked down and arrived at the house, police and the CAS worker found the boy locked in the master bedroom, they said in a statement.

"The master bedroom had an ensuite bathroom so the child had access to a toilet and shower, however the room — and the entire house — was in squalid condition," London police said in a news release.

The boy was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed as suffering from malnutrition. He has since been released and is in CAS care, police 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 couple also has a biological child, but there is no evidence that child was ever locked in a room in the house, police said. That child was also apprehended by CAS.

Police and CAS are holding a joint news conference at 3 p.m. ET.

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