Judge orders mum to cut daughter's hairA judge in the US told a Utah mother to cut off her daughter's pony tail in order to secure a lesser sentence for the 13-year-old.
Kaytlen Lopan appeared in juvenile court after she and an 11-year-old friend cut the hair of a three-year-old girl they met at a McDonald's in Price, Utah, the Deseret News
District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen sentenced Kaytlen to serve 30 days in detention, pay damages to the victim and serve 276 hours of community service at a May 28 hearing.
However, the judge gave Kaytlen's mother, Valerie Bruno, the option of cutting her daughter's hair on the spot for a 150-hour reduction in her community service.
She took up the offer but has since expressed regret saying she wanted her daughter to be punished but "never dreamt it would be that much of a punishment".
The victim's mother was satisfied with the sentence, adding her daughter's hair had never been cut before.
Judge Johansen asked her if she was happy with the amount of hair Ms Bruno chopped off her daughter's head.
Ms Bruno claimed to have filed a complaint against the court but the court said it had that no complaint had been lodged over the incident.
She said she knew her rights but was intimidated by the judge.
"An eye for an eye, that's not how you teach kids right from wrong."
Kaytlen's co-accused was also ordered to have her hair cut but was allowed to do have it done by a professional outside of court.
Sources: Deseret News, KSL
Author: Martin Zavan. Approving editor: Will Jackson.