Seymour Man Charged With Keeping Sister Captive In Filthy Bedroom

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 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.

Officers found a locking clasp on the outside of the bedroom door that prevented the female from

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.

Story by Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant

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3 comments

  • elliott

    How very sad….I hope the woman recovers and is taken care of after that. Abuse is one of the most pervasive crimes in the U.S., Children, Elders and those who are not able to speak out or are disabled. A very sad commentary on how we treat each other. Family should have stepped in long and I do mean LONG before it got to this point. I hope that he goes to prison!

  • Kim Brasher-Crowe

    Among the many wretched conditions and actions reported in this horror story which bring up questions, the two that stand out above the rest are;

    1)Why didn't the other family members living in or regularly visiting this dwelling do something about it and/or report this years ago?

    2)How would keeping his sister a prisoner stop the state of Connecticut from taking his home and why would the state be causing him to lose his home in the first place?

    One logical assumption might be she had ownership of and/or the legal right to live in the home due to a government assistance program such as Section 8, and perhaps he didn't qualify for the program and she didn't want him living there, but that type of assistance requires periodic monitoring by various social services depending on the circumstances. So, if that's the case then the state failed on their end as well as the family who stood by and did nothing.. Whatever the reasons this woman's nightmare was allowed to continue, it's a senseless tragedy.

  • MarthaStewart1234

    Well thanks Fox CT. I just bought this delicious Greek olive and avocado turkey wrap, and after reading this article, I have absolutely no appetite.