#childabuse | Mankato Mom Facing Charges For Keeping Kids in Basement

A 39-year-old Mankato woman is facing charges after allegedly locking her children in the basement.

Tia Oppegaard faces gross misdemeanor child endangerment and child neglect.

According to the criminal complaint, Blue Earth County Human Services received a report that Oppegaard locks two of her three children in their basement bedroom so they can’t get out and bother her.

The complaint says Oppegaard allegedly used a rope and a child lock to keep the children from getting out.  A third child is apparently allowed to be upstairs.  The children’s ages are 10, 3 and 1.


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