Ohio authorities are investigating after a mother’s Facebook complaint that her ex-husband cut their daughter’s hair as punishment for getting highlights went viral.
Tens of thousands of people have seen and shared Christin Johnson’s Facebook post, which features three photos: one of a smiling young woman with long hair, and then two of a short-haired person hiding her face.
“This is what my daughter looked like Sunday when I took her home and the other two pics is what happened today before she was brought to me... all over me having highlights put in her hair for her birthday,” Ms Johnson wrote.
The Haskins Police Department has confirmed it investigated Ms Johnson’s complaint alleging that the daughter’s father and stepmother forcibly cut her hair.
“I’ve been doing this since ‘92 and I’ve never had a case, I would say, that’s like this,” Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll told Fox8. “Mom was upset with how her child was being cared for”.
A spokesman for the department said the case had been turned over to the county child services department and that no charges had been filed.
A representative for the Wood County Jobs & Family Services department did not respond to The Independent’s request for comment.
The local fire department, where the father and stepmother reportedly volunteer, confirmed that it had suspended them while it conducted its own investigation.
“It is our firmest duty to protect the citizens of Middleton Township and keep the public informed with pertinent information as it develops”, the Middleton Township Fire Department said in a statement.