A US mum was furious to learn her seven-year-old daughter’s head had been shaved by care providers, claiming they did so without asking her permission.
Denise Robinson, from Dracut, Massachusetts is suing Little Heroes Home after a clinician at the intensive therapy home took her daughter, Tru, to a salon where her daughter’s long, curly brown locks.
Little Heroes Home is a group home for children aged five to 11 years old who have experienced complex trauma or mental health symptoms.
Robinson told NECN she felt that Tru was “violated” and “assaulted” by the incident.
The mum claims she was told that her daughter’s hair had been cut for “hygiene” reasons – which she says is nonsensical.
“There was no hygienical [sic] reason for them to shave my child’s head. There was no head lice. There was no bed bugs. There was no, what I refer to as, rasta locks going on,” Robinson told NECN.
“Her hair was two ponytails on the side on Saturday and it was braided in the ponytails and there was nothing wrong.”
Her lawyer Richard Kendell told CBS Boston the person shaving the biracial girl’s hair told her “by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight”.
“I find that appalling,” he said.
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Little Heroes Home said it was reviewing the event to “determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken”.
It told Buzzfeed: “The program employs a diverse staff that is attentive to the needs of all children. Decisions regarding grooming are based on a variety of factors, including hygiene.”
What fellow parents can’t seem to understand though, is why, even if the child had lice, her head would be shaved without her parent’s permission.
Robinson said she never received a phone call.
Where do you stand? How would you react if this happened to your child?