http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_15878684?nclick_check=1 Charges: Eau Claire mom locked girl in laundry room, made her use bucket as toilet "A Eau Claire woman is accused of locking her 15-year-old daughter, a frequent runaway, in the laundry room of their residence. The girl sleeps in the laundry room and uses a bucket as a toilet, police said. The woman's boyfriend, who lives in an adjoining residence, was aware of the situation between the mother and daughter, police said. Caryn E. Davis, 33, and Randy Ganther, 44, have each been charged in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of causing mental harm to a child and a misdemeanor count of child neglect. According to the criminal complaint: The girl told police she didn't want to go home because she was confined to the laundry room. She's allowed to leave the house but does not have access to the rest of the residence...." more at link These stories are so sad. I never know if the couple started out evil or snapped due to an inability to deal with a challenging child. Nothing excuses this abuse but I think society needs to pay attention to these problems. They certainly are showing no sign of abating. Just as we now address the issue of shaking babies, parents must be given the tools to use when working with teens who can be challenging. JMO Hopefully, this young lady will be placed in a safe and secure home.