I agree. But I think maybe that sudden story of them being 'locked up nice and tight' was an off the cuff statement, out of concern there might be issues with her leaving them alone all day. I think a 12 yr old is OK watching 2 younger sibs, but it is borderline , age wise. Especially if they are known to fight among each other. My grandma used to say 'all y'all' ---but she was from Missouri Ozarks, not the Deep South.