Yesterday the Niagara Regional Police Service responded to reports of a welfare check to an address in Thorold in the area of Pine Street North and Townline Road West after it was reported that a female living there was being locked in a room against her own will by the caregivers.


A short time later, officers entered the residence and located the female in a room at the rear of the house.  The female was found in a state of unacceptable care and in an abandoned state.  She was taken to a near by hospital where she was provided medical attention.  The female victim is expected to make a full recovery.

A male and female caregiver were arrested.

As a result Guenther Froese (87 years old) and Ruth Froese  (70 years old) both of Thorold have been charged with the alleged offence of:

– Necessaries of Life: Failing to Provide to Person Under Charge.

Guenther Froese and Ruth Froese are being held pending a bail hearing.  The bail hearing will occur on April 12, 2018 at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.

If anyone has information that may assist in this investigation or are aware of any further victims, are asked to call detectives from the 1 District Criminal Investigation Branch.

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