Mom charged after 5-year-old daughter fell from window

She was trying to get out after being locked inside, and was caught by a passerby.
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A Minnesota mother has been charged with child neglect and child endangerment after a passerby found her daughter hanging out of her bedroom window on Friday.

The 5-year-old girl eventually fell from the second story window at her home in Green Isle, SIbley County, and was caught by the man who was driving by their house at the time.

The girl brought the man inside the house, where they found her mother, 47-year-old April Grams, asleep.

According to the criminal complaint, she told her mother: "Don't lock me in the room again."

When police investigated, it emerged the mother had put her daughter to bed at 7:30 p.m., locking her in her room with no access to the bathroom.

Police found a small Halloween pumpkin in the bedroom with urine inside, with the girl saying she had to use it as she couldn't get to the bathroom.

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She then tried to get out of her house via the window, which had been opened and the screen cut.

A social worker for Sibley County Public Health said that the child could stay at the home if the lock was removed from the door, which Grams did in the presence of police.

She is now facing two gross misdemeanor charges.

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