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Neighbors concerned after mother, daughter return to 'house of horrors'

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A mother and daughter returned to this 'house of horrors' on Eleanor Road in Seymour, according to neighbors. (WFSB photo) A mother and daughter returned to this 'house of horrors' on Eleanor Road in Seymour, according to neighbors. (WFSB photo)

It was a house of horrors. That's how neighbors in Seymour described the home of a brother who was accused of keeping his sister captive for years.

Wednesday night, Eyewitness News learned that a woman and a child were back under that roof after 58-year-old Arthur Gauvin was arrested last week.

"You've got years and years and years of filth," said neighbor Nancy Phillips.

Neighbors said they're demanding action after the 6-year-old girl was forced to live in the home on Eleanor Road and keep a dark secret.

Police said for years, Gauvin kept his sister inside a room with a blacked-out window and refused to let her leave for any reason. Investigators said they had to wear hazmat suits because of the feces and urine that stained the walls.

Neighbors said it was a revelation that was hard to swallow. Police said Gauvin's daughter and granddaughter were there the whole time, but said nothing out of fear.

"She's just as guilty as the father because she knew all this time," Phillips said.

For years, Phillips and other neighbors said they had their suspicions, but kept quiet. On Monday, they said they saw the daughter and granddaughter return to the home.

"If hazmat had to go in there, then why is she allowed in there two days later?" asked Phillips.

She said the whole situation was a lot to stomach.

"She raised her daughter in those conditions since she was a baby and now the daughter will never be right," Phillips said.

Police said they visited the home in 2010 and 2012 without incident. When what was happening inside was revealed Friday, officers said the Department of Children and Families was notified. What became of that call was still unknown Wednesday.

The state agency would only tell Eyewitness News that because of privacy issues, "We've received a report and we've responded."

However, neighbors said those living in the home need to be swiftly removed for health reasons alone.

"My concerns are for that little girl," said Phillips. "If DCF allows her back in that house, they're wrong."

Police said they did not know people were still living there. When Eyewitness News asked if it was legal, police said to ask the deputy chief, who did not comment.

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