U.S. judge orders mother to cut off her daughter's hair in court

Published On: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 11:30 AM
By: Sarah Weiss
Kaytlen Lopan
The mother of a 13-year-old said she has filed a formal complaint against a juvenile court judge who said she had cut her daughter's hair in his courtroom as a punishment, after her daughter, Kaytlen Lopan, cut the hair of a 3-year-old girl in McDonald’s.

"She definitely needs to be punished for what had happened," said Valerie Bruno to the news media. "But I never imagined it would be that much of a punishment."

Bruno's daughter, Kaytlen Lopan, was referred to the seventh district court under Judge Scott Johansen on charges of assault. Lopan and a friend fought with a 3 year old girl in McDonald’s and then used scissors to cut several inches of hair from the head of the 3-year-old girl, police said.

"It was beautiful, it was long, she was naturally curly, and now it is all cut up," said the victim's mother, Mindy Moss.