ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Calhoun County deputies say they won't pursue child abuse charges against a woman who locked her 12-year-old son out of the house all day.

Sgt. Jon Garlick says the woman's neighbors filed a child abuse
report Wednesday that said the woman had shut her son out of the
house one day in June while she went to work.

Garlick says the Department of Human Resources interviewed the
woman, who admitted she locked her son out of their home as
punishment but had left him water and a tent.

The sergeant says the woman told police she was taking away
house privileges because her son was being disruptive and had anger
issues.

Garlick says DHR doesn't consider the punishment a form of child
abuse.


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