Judge Orders Mom to Cut Off Kid's Hair
Mom Has to Cut 13-Year-Old Daughter's Hair in Court
Courtroom proceedings can be interesting sometimes, but this case is downright bizarre.
13-year-old Kaytlen Lopan's mother was ordered to cut her daughter's hair after an incident in a Utah McDonald's play space.
Lopan was playing in the play area of a McDonald's with an 11-year-old friend, both of whom spoke to a 3-year-old with long blonde hair ... and, long story short, they cut the little girl's hair.
Aside from the fact that it's odd these older girls were playing in the McDonald's kiddie area, you have to wonder where the parents were when all of this went down?
You may also wonder where the girls got the scissors. Turns out they asked a McDonald's employee for them and when they were refused, so they went to a dollar store nearby to buy them.
Armed with scissors, Lopan and her pal cut the little girl's hair, and, as expected, the outcome was none too happy.
The 3-year-old girl's mother, unhappy with the events at the McDonald's play area, took Kaytlen's mother to court.
Judge Scott Johansen took the literal eye-for-an-eye punishment route and ordered that Kaytlen's mother, Valerie Bruno, cut her hair.
Bruno was given the option to chop off her daughter's hair in exchange for a reduced sentence.
"She definitely needed to be punished for what had happened," Bruno told the Deseret News, adding, "But I never dreamt it would be that much of a punishment."
Bruno had to cut her daughter's ponytail off in front of the court to fulfill the judge's request, at which point the judge asked the 3-year-old's mother if it was short enough.
Guess what? She said no, noting, "My daughter's hair that had never been cut, that was down to [the middle of her back], was cut up to here [her jaw]."
Bruno was instructed to continue cutting her daughter's hair.
Now Bruno is retaliating -- filing a complaint against the judge.
Was the eye-for-an-eye punishment and public shaming fair?
It's also worth noting that Kaytlen reportedly was charged with making threatening calls to a Colorado teen over the course of eight months, so she's not a first time offender.