A Korean father is fighting to reclaim his son after learning that he was locked in a urine-soaked and feces-filled room for years by his own family.
Dad sent his 6-year-old son to live in London, Ontario in 2010 to live with the boy’s aunt, in the hopes that he would soak up Canadian culture and the English language, and experience a better childhood than the one he would have with a widowed father working a demanding job in construction. Money was sent to the sister to cover expenses.
The four years that the boy was under his aunt’s care, dad never called once to talk directly to him. Dad claims that his mother kept in touch with the sister, who said that the boy was “living well”.
The boy was rescued from his deplorable conditions in 2014 by police and Children’s Aid Society officials, and placed with a foster family, where he has since thrived.
The CAS has allowed dad to see his son only once with supervision.
“I want my son back. I think about it all the time,” said the man in Korean translated by his wife. “All of us will live together, happy.”
London’s Korean community supports the father, with hundreds signing a petition requesting that the boy be returned to his biological parent.