ROCK HILL, S.C. — Police say a Rock Hill woman faces charges after she left her 7-year-old child alone for 45 minutes to punish her.

The Herald ( ) reports that Kecia Barham was charged Thursday evening with unlawful conduct towards a child.

A Rock Hill police report says that Barham told an officer the child was acting out of control so she punished her by leaving her alone.

Police were called after a resident of the apartment complex found the child standing alone by the mailboxes.

The newspaper says it’s the third time in a month that a woman in Rock Hill has faced charges for leaving a child.

A phone listing for Barham couldn’t be found. A police spokesman reached by email Saturday referred back to a previous news release on the case and didn’t answer whether Barham has an attorney.

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