*Bulgarian Parents Chained Son to Sink while the Dog Roamed Freely
A Bulgarian couple chained their seven-year-old boy to the kitchen sink to prevent him from misbehaving while they were at work.
Social services in Bulgaria had to intervene after being notified by neighbours in the south-eastern town of Gotse Delchev, who heard the boy's father boast about how he was managing to control his son.
His parents began chaining the boy, Ilko, at the beginning of the summer holidays.
Ilko was bound by a four-metre chain to the sink when his mother, a cleaning lady, and his father, who worked in metallurgy, left the house. The chain only allowed him to move though a limited space in the house and caused chronic injuries.
The chain was long enough to allow him to open the fridge and reach their terrace - but not to go to the toilet. His only company was the family's dog Bucky - ironically, the dog was able to roam freely.
The child told social services that he was being punished for misbehaving.
His mother said her husband "was afraid his son would turn into a criminal".
Ilko has since been brought to an orphanage.
Social services were due to rule within 10 days whether he could be returned to his mother, who has promised to leave her husband.
Little Ilko Todorov was taken to a foster home after receiving medical treatment, while his parents Ilija, 40, a metal worker and Marija, 34, a cleaner, could be facing legal charges.
Speaking from the foster home, where he has been receiving intensive counselling, Ilko said: “I am happy here and I get to play with other children now. I miss my mum but I don’t want to see my dad.”
His mother Marija told authorities that she was forced to chain up her son by his domineering father. She said: “I tried to tell him not to do it, but I was afraid of him.”
The father Ilija declined to comment and only said that he chained his son in a bid to keep him away from “bad company.”
Sick pair chained up their son - 14 August 2008 - The Sun
Bulgarian parents chained son to sink: report - 14 August 2008 - ABC News
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If you can not discipline a child through communication and reasoning,
you are clearly unfit to be a parent.