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Man charged with keeping sister captive in filthy bedroom

SEYMOUR, Conn. (FoxCT) — A 58-year-old man was arrested Thursday on charges that he held his younger sister captive for several years in their home on Eleanor Road.

Police say Arthur Gauvin kept his 56-year-old sister locked in a bedroom to keep from losing the house to the state of Connecticut. She was found covered in filth and her room smelled so bad, police evacuated the house after a couple of minutes.

Arthur Gauvin, of 10 Eleanor Rd., was charged with first-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree reckless endangerment and cruelty to persons.

He was released after posting a $20,000 bond, but was arrested a second time after threatening a family member in front of officers, police said.

He was arraigned Friday at Superior Court in Derby.

The incident unfolded Thursday evening when an anonymous person called police and asked that officers check on the welfare of a 56-year-old woman at 10 Eleanor Rd.

Officers were allowed in the home by family members. While speaking with Gauvin, officers noticed a foul odor and were led to the where Gauvin’s sister was found.

Her entire body was covered in human feces. She was frail, extremely thin and appeared malnourished. Feces and urine were spread throughout the bedroom, including the bed where she slept, police said.

An unsanitary portable toilet was found in the room.

“The bedroom was kept like a dungeon,” Deputy Chief Paul Satkowski said in a press release.

The one window inside the room was blacked out with black paint to prevent the female victim from seeing the outside. The window was also boarded up to prevent the victim from escaping.

The smell inside the house was so pungent, officers immediately evacuated the residence after only several minutes of being inside the room.

A detective with a special hazmat suit and a self-contained breathing apparatus helped patrol officers process the scene, police said.

The female victim was immediately transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Since minor children also reside inside the house at 10 Eleanor Rd., the Department of Children and Families was called and will conduct a follow up investigation.

8 comments

  • its my business

    I’m not understanding what the motivation was to actually keep her there? It said something about losing the house, but it was not clear. And you know those poor children had to know what was going on, as did all other members of the household. This turns my stomach. I watched my Mom pass slowly in Assisted Living and then Skilled Living, with the help of Hospice. I ca not imagine a lady being left and locked in a bedroom with no help whatsoever. Throw the book at him!

    • Mimi

      I wonder if the sister was mentally or physically handicapped. Perhaps she has a life time diary to the home and keeping her there would be her brothers only way of being able to stay in the home. If the original owner were a deceased parent and their daughter was given a life time diary to the home that may have been his motive but it doesn’t make it right at all.

  • Eastern Girl

    If you know anyone who may be in trouble like this, call the police today. Don’t wait like her neighbors did, that is creepy.

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