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Oct 11, 2012 12:33 PM by Faye DeHoff

Chandler couple arrested for leaving disabled son alone in apartment

CHANDLER - A Chandler couple has been arrested for child neglect for leaving their eight-year-old boy alone, inside an apartment, naked and locked inside a bathroom.

Chandler Police say on Oct. 9 a maintenance worker found the boy alone, inside an apartment, at 1400 N. Alma School Road. The child was stripped naked and locked inside a bathroom, where he had stuffed his clothes into the toilet, causing a flood inside the apartment. The maintenance worker contacted the Chandler Police after discovering the boy, who was severely disabled.

Initially, officers were unable to locate the child's parents. Later in the evening, 35-year-old Vu Quang Tran and 34-year-old Siobhan Grogan arrived at the Chandler Police Department to deliver clothing and food for their child. After determining Mr. Tran and Ms. Grogan were the parents of the abandoned eight-year-old, the two were placed under arrest for child neglect.

Investigators learned the couple has left their son alone on several occasions in the past. After "testing" the child to see if he would harm himself while locked in the bathroom, Mr. Tran and Ms. Grogan told police they eventually started the practice of locking their son in the bathroom so they could "lead a normal life" with their five-year-old daughter. The couple tell police they prefer this practice over public or private assistance, which they have never used for his care.

Detectives from the Family Crimes Unit are seeking the public's assistance with this investigation. If you recognize or know Mr. Tran or Ms. Grogan, please contact the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4130. Please reference police report number 12-103958.

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