Mom Locked Teen In Closet, Cops Say

November 10, 2011 by staff 

Mom Locked Teen In Closet, Cops Say, A Costa Mesa woman has been charged with child abuse for allegedly locking her daughter in the closet over bad grades, court records show. Bich Phuong Nguyen, 32, who has not been named to protect her daughter’s identity, faces one misdemeanor count of child abuse.

Costa Mesa police say that she hit the 13-year-old three times with a stick, and then locked her in a closet for 6 hours to punish her for getting bad grades. The alleged incident happened on October 29. Someone tipped off police, who arrested the mother just hours later.

The unidentified woman pleaded not guilty Nov. 1 to a misdemeanor count of child abuse and is due back in court Dec. 29. She is free on bail. Her daughter was taken to Orangewood Children & Family Center

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