Teenagers often experiment with their hair, but one father's negative reaction to his daughter's new highlights is making headlines. According to WTKR, a father in Fostoria, Ohio, allegedly chopped off his daughter's hair as punishment for her getting highlights. The teen's mother got her the highlights for her birthday, and now the incident is being looked at as possible child abuse.
The mother, Christin Johnson, shared the before and after photos of her daughter, Kesley, following the alleged chop on Facebook.
“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!” the teen's mother posted on Facebook on January 31.
From the image, it looks like Kesley has a cropped cut now and appears to be so distraught that she's covering her face from the camera.
People on Facebook shared their horror after eeing the images.
"OMFG!!! this is totally abuse physical and mental!!! basically attacked this young girl with a deadly weapon!! She's lost all trust from someone she was supposed to be safe with! WTF is wrong with those 2 people! I am sure they had to pin her down so she could be bodily injured to!!! take those abusive losers to court and put them both in jail, give the other inmates shears to see how they like the same treatment down to themselves!!! if she ever choses to see her father again i sure hope it's thru plexi glass! i am so sorry for what has happened to you sweetie but you are still beautiful inside and out," said one.
"I’d have his ass in court!" added another.
According to Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll, authorities and the Wood County Children's Services are investigating the incident as a potential child abuse case. The girl's mother alleges that the teen's stepmother, Sarah Murray, and father, Schaffen Frederick, got her the haircut as punishment for the highlights. Frederick and Murray are volunteer firefighters.
"I've been doing this since '92 and I've never had a case I would say that's like this," said Carroll. "Mom was upset with how her child was being cared for -- lack of better terms."
So far, no charges have been filed in the incident. However, the two firefighters are on leave, and it is unclear if they've made statements at this time.