Mom Who Forced 12 Year Old Daughter to Wear a Diaper Might Get Jail Time

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stephanie ann brotenYou know that saying, “let the punishment fit the crime”? I wish a mom in Fridley, Minnesota had thought of that when she punished her 12-year-old daughter for bringing home bad grades. Instead, Stephanie Ann Broten and her boyfriend, Darnell Alan Landrum shaved the girl’s head and put her in a tank top and diaper. Then they sent her on “diaper duty,” running up and down the street picking up garbage. By the time police arrived on the scene there was a crowd of 100 neighbors standing outside, watching the now hysterical girl running up and down her street.

Broten reportedly laughed at the time and couldn’t see what the big deal was. But that was in May. Yesterday in court she pleaded guilty to “malicious punishment of a child.” And get this: Now her lawyer is saying she’s “very remorseful about this. She’s looking forward to putting this behind her and getting her family back together.” Is Broten really remorseful? I sure hope so. And I sure hope her punishment really does fit her crime.
 
The maximum sentence for this crime is a year in jail. That’s a pretty long time-out for a parent, a lot of time to re-think your parenting. Broten has already had several months to think about why humiliating her daughter this way was a cruel and completely ineffective way to punish her. No parent is going to be thrilled when their kids bring home failing grades. But unleashing some horrible, irrelevant punishment isn’t going to solve that problem. Taking away privileges, setting mandatory homework time, actually supervising that homework time — these will all work a lot better than throwing your kid out on the streets in a diaper. Or just yelling at your kid.
 
What’s more, Broten should have been on the phone talking with her daughter’s teachers, trying to figure out how they can all work together to help her daughter focus and improve her grades. But that sounds like a lot of work. That’s, like, REAL parenting.
I can’t help seeing Broten kind of in the same position as her daughter. She seems to be earning herself a big “FAIL” in parenting.
 
So off to jail she goes — and she’s definitely earned that. But I hope social services will also be checking in and giving her some parenting support, teaching her better ways to manage the challenges of raising kids. Because to throw her in jail for a while and assume she’ll figure it all out on her own is way too optimistic. Some people just lack common sense and critical thinking skills. Should they be parents? It’s kind of too late to ask that question. But I think people like Broten actually need special tutoring — just like a failing student.
 
Do you think jail time will improve anyone’s parenting, or do they need something more?

Image via Anoka County Sheriff’s Office

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tuffy... tuffymama

She had her boyfriend gang up on her child with her. Whores like this make me sick. Ride all the no good, child hating dick you want, but keep assholes like that away from the kids! "Women" like this should be forcibly sterilized by rabid dogs with no anesthetic.

mrsjonzy mrsjonzy

I did not read the whole news article just this one but this seems a little ridiculous. The government is going to waste money on a year of feeding housing and securing a lady that shaved her daughters head and made her run around in a diaper? Please this is a huge waste of funds! The government isnt our babysitter and shouldnt be in charge or giving "time outs" to adults. Either youre endangering the safety of your child or not, humiliation should not be on the list, sorry not bad enough for jail time. Plus this punishment wasn't all that bad, at least it wasn't jail time bad. She embarrassed the crap out of her and took it a little too far but I see much worse parenting skills everyday on the playground. By the way cutting hair is a very old school punishment, my mother did it to me when I was 10-11 or so. I hated her and wanted her to die. She didnt shave it but left me with only a few inches of it because she was angry with my behavior. She was and is a terrible mother, should never have had kids but jail time, eh no. I knew several girls in my school that got a similar punishments. Be careful who you say should be thrown in jail, someone might decided your behavior is jail withy tomorrow.



Side note her daughter is 12 on the tail end of being with her. She will grow up, leave the house and probably never speak to her. Lets go after bigger fish than a borderline crappy mom.

Eva Espinosa

COME ON HOW STUPID ARE YOU. WHY IN THE HELL WOULD YOU PUNISH YOUR CHILD THAT WAY. YES JAIL TIME AND PARENTING CLASSES...SOME ONE NEED TO TEACH THIS WOMAN AND HER STUPID BOYFRIEND HOW TO BE REAL PARENT....YES YES YES JAIL TIME....EVERYONE OUT THERE THAT HAVE KIDS.............WOULD YOU DO THAT TO YOUR CHILD.................


 

Elena Duran

Sadly the thing that makes me most sad is where it said by the time cops showed up there were over 100 neighbors watching, yet it sounds like not ONE could be bothered enough to intervene. Take the kid inside, protect her just something ya know?

Carrie Marino-Ank

All that will happen is she will take her abuse indoors. That's what she'll learn from this.

nonmember avatar Mary

"But I hope social services will also be checking in and giving her some parenting support"?????? NO, they will be tracking down the poor girl after she runs away again and again. What is wrong with you, making excuses for abusive parents???????

nonmember avatar Mrs T

EMILY COX, THANK YOU!!!!!!

nonmember avatar Amanda

Also, if you read the article I posted, you'll see that this woman's boyfriend was not only sentenced for aiding in maliciouse treatment of a child, but also for a previous charge of hitting the same girl two years ago. This poor child lives in an abusive home. I really hope they got her out of there after all of this.

nonmember avatar Amanda

I guess the moderators didn't like the link that I posted. It was a link to the story on Fox 9 in Minnesota. You can look up the story on their website.

Frida266 Frida266

Stepdads/boyfriends are the biggest threat to a child.  

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