5-year-old child locked in Memphis school closet

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- A Memphis teacher has been suspended after police said a 5-year-old girl was locked in a closet.

According to police, a preliminary investigation shows that a teacher at A.B. Hill Elementary locked the kindergarten student in a closet on Tuesday.

Police said the child was not hurt and the teacher was not at the school when police arrived.

WREG Reports that A.B. Hill Kindergarten teacher Kristin Oshfeldt is suspended with pay while the Shelby County School district investigates.

Five-year-old Akeelah Joseph says Oshfeldt locked her in a dark classroom closet at A.B. Hill Elementary. “I almost peed on myself because I couldn’t make it to the bathroom,” said Joseph.

Akeelah’s mother says she was found in that closet by a substitute teacher after Oshfeldt went home sick.

Police and school officials are investigating. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.

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