Ohio firefighters on leave after viral hair cut complaint

HASKINS, Ohio – A family dispute over a child's haircut has led to two Ohio volunteer firefighters being placed on leave as authorities investigate a potential child abuse complaint.

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 Facebook Jan. 31.

According to Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll, they, along with Wood County Children's Services, are investigating a potential child abuse complaint. 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," said Carroll. "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, says 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.

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