Firefighters Face Abuse Investigation For Cutting Teen Daughter's Hair

A child abuse investigation has been launched against two firefighters who cut off their teenage daughter's hair.

​Haskins, OH – Two married firefighters are under investigation for child abuse, after they punished their teenage daughter by forcing her to cut her hair.

The unnamed firefighters are the girl’s father and stepmother, WITI reported.

In a now-viral Jan. 31 Facebook post, the teen’s mother, Christin Johnson, said that her daughter Kelsey’s long hair was chopped off as punishment for getting highlights as a birthday gift.

“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 wrote in the post.

The post, which had been shared over 24,000 times as of Tuesday morning, implied that the haircut was done against Kelsey’s wishes.

The Haskins Police Department (HPD) and Wood County Children’s Services were notified of the situation, and both departments have opened investigations, WITI reported.

“I’ve been doing this since ’92, and I’ve never had a case I would say that’s like this," HPD Chief Colby Carroll said.

Jennifer McVeigh, owner of The Pear Tree Salon, said that in her opinion, the person who cut Kelsey’s hair psychologically abused her.

“Your hair is what really makes you feel good,” McVeigh told WITI. “What they did to that poor child ... it’s a chopped-off, boyish hairstyle on her. So I don’t understand why they would want to humiliate their daughter that way.”

“This beautiful little girl is now walking through the halls at school, completely embarrassed, feeling like a little boy,” she said.

A “Team Kelsey” Facebook page was created on Sunday, and included a link to a crowdfunding site in the girl’s name. The fundraising account was deactivated as of Tuesday morning, however.

The firefighters, both of whom have been with their department for approximately two years, were placed on leave pending investigation of the allegations, Middleton Township Fire Chief Steve Asmus said.

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mariaah
mariaah

This is abuse. I don't care how you try to justify it. She probably felt so confident and pretty after she got her hair done, and her dad ripped that away from her. It's so sad that so many people think that this is ok.

Not only did she lose her confidence, she probably will get called a lesbian, gay, a tranny, and a boy by her classmates. Every time she looks in the mirror she will hear those words in her head. Her father set her up to be bullied and insecure.

pb3007
pb3007

the state is so corrupt along with alot of Mother's who lie to get and retain custody and get child support from the fathers. I have had my daughter since the day she was born because her mother was a prisoner in Florida. My daughter just turned 11 years old and her hair is growing back and we only go every now and again to get it trimmed a little bit at a time for dead eneds

pb3007
pb3007

after hiring the lawyer i got my daughter back within a few days. the case worker never did her job, questioned me during my visitation times, and eventually the case was dismissed but after a year i found out that the case worker still had her listed in foster care so i couldn't get the medicaid for my daughter taking care of and renewed.

pb3007
pb3007

they put my child into a DHS foster care home and chopped all her hair off and my daughter was crying because everyone picked on her and all the DHS did was laugh about it and say there is nothing you can do about it.

pb3007
pb3007

what can you do when the state kidnaps your child over false allegations and they chop your daughters hair off then after you pay all kinds of fees to the court and for a lawyer and the case worker never shows up to court and this gets dropped off the court docket. it cost me so much grief, falsely getting arrested by the DHS case worker who lied and came into my home and refused to show identification, tell me the reason she was here. she tried to tell me there is a law to get my childs hair, and nails did at a salon every month which was a lie.

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