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Missouri Mom Accused of Locking Girl in Closet Stands Trial in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman accused of locking her emaciated 10-year-old daughter inside a closet is standing trial this week. Opening statements began today (MON) for the woman who is charged with first-degree assault, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. The Associated Press is not naming the mother to protect the girl's identity. The girl weighed just 32 pounds when she was found locked inside a filthy closet in the family's Kansas City apartment in June 2012. She told police that her mom often locked her in the closet for days at a time. She also said she wasn't allowed to go outside and hadn't attended school in five years.

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