11/09/2011 03:42 pm ET | Updated Jan 09, 2012

Woman Accused Of Locking Child In Closet For 6 Hours For Bad Grades

A 32-year-old woman has been charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse for locking her daughter in a closet for 6 hours because she earned bad grades, the Daily Pilot reports.

Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Phil Myers told the paper that the mother also hit the 13-year-old three times with a stick.

A "concerned party" reported the incident, and the woman was arrested within hours, according to KTLA.

The girl is now in the care of the Orangewood Children & Family Center, according to the Los Angeles Times, and the mother is scheduled to appear back in court on Dec. 29.