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It is not per se illegal to lock young children in their bedrooms.
may have safety concerns regarding the children roaming the house at night if they wake up and/or she is a sound sleeper. In such a situation it may be negligent for the mother to NOT lock their bedroom doors
Locking children in their rooms during time out is often used as a method of enforcing parental discipline without physical restraint.
Of course if the children were locked in their rooms for days at a time or not fed or otherwise neglected, it would be abusive and illegal
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