Neighbors React To Mom's Arrest After Daughter Found Locked In Closet

By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert
By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Neighbors of a Kansas City woman charged with child abuse after her 10-year-old daughter was found locked in a closet say they're disgusted and shocked.

None of them knew the girl lived in the apartment until police responded to a child abuse hotline call on Friday.

The mother faces criminal charges, and her 8-year-old and 2-year-old daughters are in protective custody. The mother's boyfriend was questioned, but not charged.

Neighbors said they watched Friday as the 32-pound girl was carried to an ambulance wearing a dingy white shirt and no shoes. They said the two other children and were clean and happy.

Aishah Coppage lives next door to the woman charged. She said Sunday that she never heard banging on the walls or cries for help from the girl.

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