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Police: Girl, 12, Forced to Shave Head and Wear Diaper for Bad Grades

Stephanie Broten, 38. Anoka County Sheriff's Office.

Darnell Landrum, 34. Anoka County Sheriff's Office.

A Fridley, MN, couple were jailed on Monday after concerned neighbors called the cops, reporting a 12-year-old girl running up and down the street wearing only a diaper and a tank top.  When police arrived, the girl was crying hysterically and begging to be allowed inside.  A crowd of about 50 people had gathered to watch.  The child, whose head had been completely shaved, had reportedly been forced to perform what her parents referred to as “diaper duty,” which Fridley Police Lt. Mike Monsrud says meant she had to pick up trash outside while wearing the humiliating garment.  According to a criminal complaint, this incident was the third time the girl has been punished with “diaper duty.”  Stephanie Broten, 38, and her boyfriend Darnell Landrum, 34, were both arrested, but did not appear to understand why police were involved in their parenting practices.  According to Monsrud,  Broten and Ladrum were laughing the whole way to the police station.  They were booked into Anoka county jail, where they were held until their first court appearance today.  Both were charged with malicious punishment of a child and released on bail. The girl, and three other children found in the home, were placed in foster care.

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