MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis kindergarten teacher is accused of punishing a student by locking her in a closet.
A.B. Hill Elementary teacher Kristin Ohsfeldt reportedly locked the child in the closet and then went home sick. But she didn't tell anyone where the little girl was.
A substitute teacher found her an hour later.
According to WREG, Akeelah Joseph, 5, said she was scared no one would find her. She said her teacher put her in the closet as punishment because she was playing too much.
A police report was filed by both the mother and principal.
Akeelah’s mother, Wanda Joseph, said she got a call from the principal two hours after it happened.
She said this was the first time her daughter had been in trouble. She said she couldn't believe the teacher would do such a thing, especially since her daughter has asthma and could have had an attack.
The teacher has been suspended during the investigation.
No charges have been filed.