Dad under investigation for child abuse after forcing young girl to get her hair chopped off as punishment: Police

An Ohio girl’s father and stepmother are under investigation after the girl’s mother took to Facebook on Jan. 31, to post a photo of the girl’s previous long locks, now completely chopped off after she was reportedly forced to get a haircut as punishment.

FOX8 reports that Christin Johnson, of Fostoria, shared photos of her daughter’s new haircut on Facebook after she was shocked to find the girl’s hair had been cut off while in the care of her father.

“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 Wood County Children’s Services and the Haskins County Police Department are currently investigating the incident. Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll said that the child’s mother said that the father, a firefighter, forced the girl to get the haircut as a form of punishment for getting her hair highlighted.

“I’ve been doing this since ’92 and I’ve never had a case I would say that’s like this,” Carroll said. “Mom was upset with how her child was being cared for — lack of better terms.”

Along with the father, the little girl’s stepmother, also a firefighter, is under investigation after she reportedly insisted on the girl getting a haircut as well. Both dad and stepmom will remain on leave while the case is under investigation, according to Middleton Township Fire Chief Steve Asmus.

“What they did to that poor child….there’s no framing, there’s no texture…It’s a chopped off boyish hairstyle on a her,” said Jennifer McVeigh, a beauty salon owner who didn’t give the girl the haircut, but felt that whoever did was just as responsible.

The names of the firefighters have not been named, as they are not currently charged with any crimes. Asmus indicated they have been working for the fire department for around two years without any prior discipline issues.

The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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