Dispute over child’s haircut leads to investigation, leave of two volunteer firefighters

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HASKINS, Ohio- A family dispute about a child's haircut results in investigations and the leave of two Middleton Township volunteer firefighters, according to the fire chief.

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

According to Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll, they, along with Wood County Children's Services, are investigating a potential child abuse complaint. Carroll says the girl's mother alleges the haircut happened under the direction of the child's stepmother and father, who are firefighters.

"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 says 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. FOX 8 reached out to the woman who issued the complaint but have not received a response.