Police said Arthur Gauvin locked his sister in a room for several years. (Seymour police photo)
This is the window police said was blacked out by family members so the victim couldn't see or be seen. (WFSB photo)
SEYMOUR, CT (WFSB) -
A man from Seymour was arrested Thursday after an investigation revealed that he locked his 56-year-old sister in her bedroom on Eleanor Road for several years.
Arthur Gauvin, 58, faced a list of charges, according to police. They said he kept his sister locked up to prevent losing the home to the state of Connecticut.
Gauvin's sister allegedly signed the home over to him seven years ago. Gauvin was then responsible for taking care of the woman for nine years before she could receive any services from the state, according to investigators.
Gauvin was charged with first-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree reckless endangerment and cruelty to persons.
After posting his $20,000 bond, police said he made a threatening remark to a family member in front of officers, police said.
Gauvin was arrested again and charged with tampering with a witness. He was held on $25,000 bond, which they said he could not post.
He was arraigned Friday at Derby Superior Court.
Police said it started before 7:30 p.m. Thursday when officers received an anonymous call from someone claiming to be concerned for the welfare of a woman living in a home.
Police were let into the home by family members and spoke to Gauvin.
They said they detected a foul odor and were led to a bedroom with a locking clasp on the outside of the door.
Inside, they said they found the woman covered in filth, urine and human feces. Police said it was apparent that the victim had not showered in a long time.
Police also said the woman appeared to be malnourished.
They said the filth was spread all over her bed and the bedroom. A portable toilet was found, but it was in unsanitary condition.
Officers said the smell was so bad that they had to use hazmat suits to process the scene.
The lone window was painted over with black paint. Investigators said it was also boarded up.
The victim was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Since there were children living in other parts of the residence, the Department of Children and Families was also investigating.
Police said they were continuing to investigate.
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Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
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