Boy kept in chains for five months in Bulgaria

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London, Aug 15: Boy chained for five months! A seven-year-old boy was kept chained up at home for five months by his parents - because they could not afford a nanny. Social services and police freed Ilko Todorov after a tip-off from neighbours who claimed they saw him tied to a long steel chain by his leg in the family home in the town of Goce Delchev, Bulgaria.

The chain, attached to his leg, only allowed him to move though a limited space in the house and is reported to have caused injuries. Ilko Todorov was shackled 'like a dog' each morning before his parents went to work. "They kept him like a dog," The Sun quoted neighbour Nikifor Ivanov, as saying. Ilvo's dad Ilija, 40, a metal worker, and mum Marija, 34, face cruelty charges. Ilko, speaking at a foster home, said: "I'm happy here. I miss my mum, but not my dad." Cleaner Marija blamed her partner, saying she was afraid of him.


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