Mom says teen’s hair was chopped off as punishment; 2 firefighters under investigation

HASKINS, Ohio – Two volunteer firefighters are on leave after an Ohio family dispute about a child's haircut resulted in investigations, according to the fire chief.

It stems from a now-viral Facebook post by the girl's mother, according to WJW, which infers her daughter's long hair was cut dramatically short as a possible punishment for getting highlights on her birthday.

“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 Jan. 31.

According to Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll, they along with Wood County Children's Services are investigating a potential child abuse complaint. Carroll said the girl's mother alleges the child's stepmother and father, who are firefighters, ordered the haircut as punishment.

"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."

Middleton Township Fire Chief Steve Asmus said the firefighters will remain on leave pending the outcome of the investigations. Asmus, who would not name the individuals involved, said they have been on the staff for around two years and he has never received a complaint regarding their work.

No charges have been filed against either party as of Monday evening. WJW reached out to the woman who issued the complaint but did not receive a response.