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Is it legal or no legal to lock young children in their bedrooms

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Is it legal or no legal to lock young children in their bedrooms while they are in time out.? These kids are are 2.5 and 4.5 years old. The 4.5 year old tells me his mom locks them in their rooms at night while they sleep and during time outs. Thanks
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It is not per se illegal to lock young children in their bedrooms.

The mother 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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