FRIDLEY, Minn. – I have no issues with parents being strict with their kids when it comes to their grades, mostly because public schools in the US are set up so that any booger-eater can pass.

But I don’t think I would ever employ the punishment method Stephanie Ann Broten, 38, and her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Darnell Alan Landrum, used on the woman’s 12-year-old daughter on Monday.

In response to her not doing homework and bringing home bad grades, the couple shaved her head and placed her in a diaper before making her run around outside in front of neighbors.

After being called by one of these neighbors, police arrived to find a crowd of 30 to 50 people watching the poor girl run up and down the street in nothing but a diaper and a tank top. The girl was crying hysterically and begging to be allowed back in the house.

When questioned, Broten told police she did not see what the problem was and was simply disciplining her child by embarrassing her. Police think the girl had been outside for at least 30 minutes before they arrived and one neighbor reported seeing the girl standing outside the back door begging her mother to let her in, only to have her mother stare back at her.

Both Broten and Landrum were arrested on a misdemeanor charge of malicious punishment. Lt. Mike Monsrud said that the entire time police interacted with the couple, and even as they were in a squad car on the way to jail, they were both laughing and thought it was ridiculous police got involved in their method of parental humiliation.

I found it interesting that Landrum’s bail was set at $6,000 with no conditions, or $2,000 with the condition that he have no contact with the child, while Broten was released and also ordered to have no contact with the child.

The 12-year-old and Broten’s three other children were placed in foster care. Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first time police have dealt with the family. They’ve responded to the couple’s home four times in the past two years, one of these calls resulted in Child Protective Services investigating allegations by neighbors of physical abuse.

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