A girl has been left devastated after her father and stepmother chopped off all of her hair because she had highlights for her birthday, her mother has claimed.
When Christin Johnson’s teenage daughter’s birthday came around, she decided to take her to the hair salon for a special present.
Kelsey was treated to highlights. However, her new look didn’t go down at all well with her father and stepmother.
Johnson reported that when Kelsey returned home to her having spent time with her father and stepmother, she was shocked to discover that the pair had cut off all of her daughter’s hair as a form of punishment.
Johnson wrote a post on Facebook about Kelsey’s ordeal, sharing photos of her daughter before and after the drastic cut.
“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!” she wrote.
Kelsey’s story has provoked outrage online, with the post being reacted to 34,000 times and shared over 24,000 times.
“Please remember that you are NOT the sum of an assault that happened to you,” one person wrote in support of Kelsey.
“Wow the father has some serious control issues,” another person commented.
Other Facebook users have commented that the father’s cruel actions should be considered as a form of child abuse.
According to Fox 8 News, Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll is working with Wood County Children’s Services to investigate the case as a potential instance of child abuse.
“I’ve been doing this since ‘92 and I’ve never had a case that I would say that’s like this,” said Carroll.
“Mum was upset on how her child was being cared, I guess for the lack of better terms.”
The father and stepmother, who both work as firefighters, have allegedly been suspended from work.
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