Couple who held boy captive released from custody

A view of the kitchen inside a home in London, Ontario May 30, 2014. According to local media, a...

A view of the kitchen inside a home in London, Ontario May 30, 2014. According to local media, a 10-year-old boy was found by police and Children's Aid workers in the home, where the boy was alleged to have been confined in a room for nearly two years by his aunt and uncle. The couple is facing charges of forcible confinement and failing to provide the necessaries of life. The boy was taken to the hospital, and was found to be underweight and malnourished. REUTERS/Geoff Robins

Jonathan Sher, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- The Ontario couple charged with locking their nephew in a filthy room for up to two years were released from custody on Friday, police said.

The couple, arrested Thursday afternoon in London, Ont., was kept in a jail cell until Friday night, when they were released after agreeing to show up in court July 10.

The couple -- the aunt and uncle of the 10-year-old boy -- both provided statements, which police view as being co-operative.

“No one is compelled to give a statement,” police spokesperson Const. Ken Steeves said Monday.

Police can keep someone charged with a crime in custody until a bail hearing in court, but chose to release the couple which tends to happen when police believe the accused is not a flight risk.

The 10-year-old boy was pale, malnourished and locked alone in a room that reeked of feces and urine when police and child welfare workers rescued him.



Vehicles are seen parked outside a home in London, Ontario May 30, 2014. According to local media, a 10-year-old boy was found by police and Children's Aid workers in the home, where the boy was alleged to have been confined in a room for nearly two years by his aunt and uncle. (REUTERS/Geoff Robins)

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