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Canada Grandmother Near Death After Living In Garage: Police

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Grandmother near death after living in garage: police


A man and his wife have been charged with elder abuse after a
68-year-old woman was found in medical distress in a non-insulated garage
of a Toronto-area home on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011


Updated: Mon. Feb. 28 2011 5:00 PM ET

Toronto police have charged a man and his wife with elder abuse after a 68-year-old woman was found in medical distress in a non-insulated garage, where she had allegedly been housed during the winter.

Senior officers described the case as "disturbing."

"This is one of the worst I have ever seen," Toronto police Det. Sgt. Mike Stones told reporters on Monday, as he described the allegations against the woman's son and daughter-in-law.

The hospitalized woman remained in critical condition, hooked up to oxygen and feeding tubes on Monday, nearly a week after paramedics were called to a home in the McCowan Road and Finch Avenue East area in Scarborough.

Police said they received a call last Wednesday from paramedics who had been called to assist an unconscious woman inside the garage. The woman was suffering frostbite to her toes.

She had allegedly been living in the garage since November 2010.
Stones said police believe the garage had been retrofitted into a makeshift bedroom, with two drywall walls erected to form a room next to the cinderblock exterior walls.

The room had no fridge or other amenities other than a bucket of water used as a wash basin. A port-a-potty was found in the garage, but it was not being properly maintained, police said.

The garage was heated by a modified dryer vent that had a maximum temperature 20 degrees below the interior of the house.

Police also allege the woman was not provided with adequate food. Her stomach was empty when she arrived at the hospital, Stones said.

Stones said the woman had been declared legally incompetent in the fall of 2010 and placed under her son's care.

The couple, with a seven-year-old daughter, lived inside the home with two tenants. Two bedrooms sat empty inside the house, one of which had direct access to a bathroom.

The family was originally from mainland China but are now Canadian citizens, Stones said.

On Friday, police arrested Kwong Yan, 43, and Qi Tan, 28, and charged them with failing to provide the necessities of life, as well as criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

source: http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/lo...allegation-110228/20110228?hub=TorontoNewHome
Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Son pleads guilty after mom found in freezing garage

By Emily Innes - October 12, 2011

TORONTO — A Toronto man has pleaded guilty to improperly caring for his 63-year-old mother who was found unconscious in a freezing garage last winter.

Kwong Yan, 43, was sentenced in the Ontario Court of Justice on Tuesday to eight months in jail for one count of failing to provide the necessities of life, the CBC reported.

Paramedics were called to a home in a Toronto-area neighbourhood on Feb. 23 where they found the elderly woman, who was transported to hospital with life-threatening conditions. She was released from intensive care at the beginning of March.

The call came from Yan, who was arrested along with his wife, Qi Tan, 28, two days later.

Police charged them with failure to provide the necessities of life and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. Tan's charges have been dropped.

The Crown attorney also dropped the criminal negligence charge against Yan during Tuesday's proceedings.

According to the CBC, Yan's lawyer said the garage was set up as an apartment and that he had provided heat sources of heat.

The woman had been living in the garage since November.

Yan's lawyer could not be reached for comment by the National Post.

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source: http://www.canada.com/news/national/pleads+guilty+after+found+freezing+garage/5540825/story.html


The inside of the non-insulated garage where an unconscious and frostbitten woman was found
on Marrakesh Drive in Scarborough. The house belongs to her son and daughter-in-law.