(Associated Press) State licensing officials say a former Oceanside childcare worker has been banned from ever working with kids again because she twice punished preschoolers by putting them in a dark closet.

U-T San Diego reports Wednesday that 55-year-old Elaine Joseph Rowe was fired from Kiddie Academy of Oceanside last October after surveillance camera footage showed her disciplining the tiny children by shutting them in a supply closet.

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