A woman has been charged with child neglect and false imprisonment after allegedly locking her 14-year-old son inside a self-storage unit in Roseville, Minn., for several hours last month. An employee of Acorn Mini Storage at 2480 Cleveland Ave. N. called police after hearing a voice from inside a locked 5-by-5 unit on Sept. 18.
The teen told police he and his mother had slept in the storage unit the night before and that they’d been homeless since 2016. He also said he hadn’t consumed anything to eat or drink in more than 24 hours. The boy isn’t enrolled in school, according to authorities.
Per the source, when the storage manager called the woman about locking her son in the unit, the mother allegedly replied, “Yeah, and?” Police intercepted the woman on her way to the storage unit. She told them she was trying to get to Chicago and her son was being argumentative. When he refused to go with her, she left him in the storage unit, police said.
Acorn Mini Storage operates 13 locations in Minnesota.