Sgt. Jon Garlick said 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.
The Department of Human Resources interviewed the woman, who admitted she locked her son out of their Wheeler Road home as punishment but had left him water and a tent, Garlick said.
According to Garlick, the woman told police she was taking away house privileges because her son was being disruptive. Garlick said she also told deputies and DHR representatives her son had anger issues.
Garlick said deputies won’t charge the woman, because DHR doesn’t consider the woman’s actions a form of child abuse.
“Although it’s not really an appropriate thing to do, it’s not child abuse,” Garlick said.
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