Police in Ontario, Canada, say they rescued a 10-year-old boy who had been kept locked in a filthy room for somewhere between 18 months and two years, reports the National Post. His parents live overseas, and they apparently left the boy in the custody of an aunt and uncle, who have been charged with neglect. "There was feces," says a detective, adding that the boy was wearing urine-soaked pajamas, had hair below his shoulders, and was malnourished.
The reason for the latter is that the aunt and uncle allegedly tossed him fast food twice a day, and that was it, reports the Toronto Sun. He did have access to a toilet and shower, but was kept in his room almost exclusively beyond that. The couple, who are not being named, also have a 9-year-old daughter, but authorities don't think she was locked up. The girl has been placed in protective custody as well. The CBC reports that the boy, who speaks little English because he was born overseas, had two simple requests: to go to school and eat regular food. (Read more child abuse stories.)