KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 24, 2012)—A 10-year-old Kansas City girl who weighed just 32 pounds was found locked in a closet that reeked of urine, authorities said.
Prosecutors filed charges of assault and child abuse and endangerment against the girl's 29-year-old mother Saturday in Jackson County Circuit Court.
The mother isn’t named to protect the identity of the girl.
Officers freed the girl from the closet after responding Friday morning to a call that was placed to a child abuse hotline.
The mother was arrested later after she was found with two younger children.
The other two children, who appeared to be healthy, were placed in protective custody.
Court documents say the mother wouldn't let the 10-year-old leave the house because she knows the girl is malnourished and would "get in trouble if someone saw her."