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Police: Mother Locked Her Four Children in Basement for Over 12 Hours as Punishment

"What type of person does this to their kids?"

The basement where the four siblings were locked. (Image source: WPVI-TV)

A mother has been apprehended after police said she locked her four children — ages 13, 12, 10 and 9 — in a basement for over 12 hours without access to food or a bathroom.

Police and firefighters rescued the children after a one of them made a 911 call from a cellphone about 1:30 p.m. Sunday; it's unclear why a 911 call wasn't made earlier.

The basement where the four siblings were locked. (Image source: WPVI-TV)

"When the kids came out, you could tell they were scared," neighbor Victoria Sipes told WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

The mother of the boy, 13, and his three sisters is expected to face multiple counts of child neglect and endangering the welfare of a child among other charges, WPVI reported.

The station reported that a friend of the 12-year-old sister saw her arguing outside with her mom on Saturday afternoon.

"I started crying because I was like, 'What type of person does this to their kids?' That's not even a type of punishment that you do," Aphrodite Sanchez, a friend of one of the victims, told WPVI.

Others said the woman, whose name hasn't been released, is a good mother.

"It doesn't seem like her, it doesn't seem like her style," Sipes told the station. "I know that she's been going through a lot lately, but this is not something it would seem like she would do."

The children, who apparently weren't injured, were taken to a hospital as a precaution.

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