Dothan police discovered a 6-year-old boy has been regularly locked in his room at home alone after being notified by a school resource officer.
The boy’s mother, Danielle Katriel Antonoplos, 22, was arrested Monday and is being charged with torture/willful abuse of a child.
On Monday, Antonoplos called her neighbor early in the morning to check on her son and make sure he was ready for school. When the neighbor called him to get ready for school, he told her he couldn’t get out of his room.
The neighbor took the boy to school that morning and informed staff of the situation.
“Apparently, she and another individual left to go to the store at midnight and didn’t return until 7 a.m. that morning,” Dothan Police Lt. Scott Owens said. “She willfully maltreated the child by locking him in a bedroom by utilizing a reverse doorknob and would leave him in there for several hours at a time with no supervision.”
When police arrived to investigate, they found the reverse doorknob and took Antonoplos into custody.
Her bond was set at $15,000.
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