A Chandler couple accused of locking their severely disabled 8-year-old son inside a bathroom while they left him home alone, remains free on bond while authorities are pushing forward with their prosecution.
Vu Quang Tran, 35, and Siobhan Grogan, 34, were arrested in October, soon after a maintenance worker at the apartment complex where the couple lives at 1400 N. Alma School Road, responded to a flooding call. The boy had stuffed his clothes inside the toilet, causing it to overflow into the residence, according to police.
After the maintenance worker removed the doorknob from the apartment door, he found the child in the bathroom standing in about two inches of water, according to a police report.
Tran and Grogan told police they began locking the child inside the bathroom in August so they could have a “normal life” with their 5-year-old daughter. They have pleaded innocent to three counts of child abuse at their arraignment in Maricopa County Superior Court on Nov. 2, and next will appear in court for a hearing on Dec. 6, according to county court records.
Moments after the maintenance worker discovered the child inside the apartment, Tran and Grogan returned home in an attempt to provide the boy with clothing and food as he needed to be fed every three hours, according to a court document.
The boy has the mental capacity of an 18-month-old, and his parents told police that “they have a life, too,” and needed to leave the boy alone so they “could do things as a family,” according to a police report.
Tran and Grogan did not have a previous criminal record and had moved to Arizona from California about three years ago, according to Chandler police.
It wasn’t immediately known if the parents had been leaving the child home alone prior to August.
Both the boy and the girl were removed from the residence and are in the care of Child Protective Services.
While the girl was being transported to foster care, she told a CPS worker that her parents left her brother home alone because they said he “pooped too much,” according to a court document.
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