A Chandler couple is facing child neglect-related charges after a maintenance worker found their severely disabled 8-year-old son locked inside a bathroom alone and naked in an apartment earlier this week.
Vu Quang Tran, 35, and Siobhan Grogan, 34, who told police they began locking their son alone inside a bathroom in August, were arrested on suspicion of child neglect Tuesday evening — moments after they arrived in an attempt to provide food and clothing for their son at the apartment at 1400 N. Alma School Road.
The maintenance worker discovered the boy earlier in the day after the boy had stuffed his clothes inside the toilet, causing it to flood the residence, according to Chandler police.
Officers initially were unable to find the boy’s parents, but later that evening, the couple returned and were placed under arrest.
Officers learned that the couple had left their son locked in the bathroom alone on numerous occasions after they initially did so to “test” him to see if he would harm himself after they placed him in there.
The couple said they began locking him in the bathroom in August so that they could lead a normal life with their 5-year-old daughter.
Detectives from the Chandler Police Department are seeking the public’s help in locating any acquaintances of Tran and Grogan who knew them during the last year.
“Our question is, how long have they been locking this child up in the bathroom?,” said Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman. “Are their friends and acquaintances even aware that this couple has a son as they are not taking him into the public and confining him? That’s what we’re looking at.”
“We would like anyone who knew or knows this couple to come forward,” Tyler added.
Both the boy and the 5-year-old girl have been removed from the home and now are in the care of Child Protective Services, according to Tyler.
The couple, who does not have a criminal record, has lived in the Valley for three years. They moved to Arizona from Fresno, Calif., Tyler said.
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