Teen Cuts Off Random 3-Year-Old's Hair for Fun

ponytailA few months ago, Kaytlen Lopan, 13, and her 11-year-old friend walked into a local fast food restaurant, found an unsuspecting 3-year-old girl, and cut off chunks of her hair for entertainment.

For that crime, Kaytlen was sentenced to 30 days in detention -- in addition to a $350 fine and 276 hours of community service. The judge offered to reduce Kaytlen's community service by 150 hours, however, if her mother cut Kaytlen's ponytail off, right there in the court room -- in front of everyone. 

Her mom did it.

And now, Kaytlen’s mother, Valerie Bruno, is filing a formal complaint.

Apparently, Kaytlen's mother regrets scalping her daughter in the middle of the courtroom. I imagine it was quite humiliating for the teen. But honestly, cry baby Mommy dearest, you were given an option to refuse. I'm detecting a little buyers remorse. No worries, mama, the hair will grow back. It wasn’t like Kaytlen was held down and taken advantage of, which is more likely what happened to her tiny victim.

Would I cut my kids hair off to reduce her sentence for a crime she committed? Probably not. I’d offer my kid the choice: You can either receive the same courtesy that you gave the 3-year-old or you can do the community service. But there would be consequences to that sort of unsavory behavior. You do the crime, you do the time.

Do I think Kaytlen deserved punishment? Hell, yes. She is old enough to know that she was being an asshole by cutting the little girl’s hair off but she chose to do it anyway. She made a choice and she needs to learn to be accountable for her choices. I think her community service should be spent learning to be more tolerant of small children.

It is completely ridiculous that Ms. Bruno is filing a complaint. She should have refused to cut her daughter’s hair if she didn’t want to do it. Maybe if she were doing a better job of parenting her own daughter, Kaytlen would have never had the opportunity to do such a heinous thing to this small child.

In my personal opinion, Kaytlen is a menace and dangerous. What kind of teenager patrols a local fast-food restaurant until they find a smaller, weaker child to hurt? Ms. Bruno should be thanking Judge Johansen because it seems to me that young Kaytlen may be one haircut away from killing small animals and then making the leap to full on sociopath.

Do you think that cutting off Kaytlen’s ponytail was excessively humiliating?

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Ash3186 Ash3186

That's crazy @.@ I agree the girl did get the right punishment... 

elle7777 elle7777

Hell no. If my kid did that to a little toddler I'd be the first person with the scissors ready to chop off her hair  so she can learn a little empathy and not to be a little jerk.

fraoch fraoch

Her mother is being an idiot. Her daughter did that to a defensless child, for giggles. She absolutely should have had her hair cut as well, only not to reduce the time, just b/c she's an asshole kid.


Karma's a bitch.

nonmember avatar Beth

Valerie Bruno is raising a sociopath. She wasn't only in trouble for cutting the little girls hair, but also for making phone threats to rape and mutilate another teenager in Colorado. Her 11 year old accomplice wasn't in as much trouble because she wasn't charged with multiple offenses.
Something I would also like to clarify, there have been a lot of people around other website questioning where the mother of the 3 year old was. She commented on the desertnews website that 3 year old and her 8 year old brother went to McDonald's with their Grandfather for a dinner and play time. The Grandfather was seated, watching the play area the entire time. I have played in that place as a child. There are many spots they could have cut the girls hair with no one noticing. The 8 year old brother helped identify the brats along with security cameras.
If that were my three year old daughter, I would have demanded to be the one to cut her hair in court. Valerie Bruno needs to learn how to parent, and stop excusing her child's behavior. I think that she did more embarrassment to her child by exposing her crimes to the world. other kids in Carbon county will never let her live that down. Those records are sealed in court, no one would have ever found out if she didn't open her mouth the the media. She is seeking attention and I bet got way more than she bargained for. The courts wont even acknowledge if she did file a complaint against Judge Johansen.

onefo... onefootcutiepie

Wow. If that had been my kid I would have chopped her hair off as soon as I found out! What the hell is wrong with that girl???

Laura Jerpseth

The author said that the teenager is dangerous and hurt the toddler. Even though I agree what Kaytlen did was very wrong, she did not "hurt" the toddler. Getting hair cut is not painful, and it will grow back. Kaytlen caused the toddler no physical harm. I agree she should still have to serve the punshiment and that her mother is being unreasonable, but it's not like she's a mass murderer or anything like that.

sunny... sunnytxmom

I completely agree

Angie Hayes

I think there is something wrong with that girl, who does such a thing?

Torra... TorranceMom

I agree Angie. I think there's something else going on with Kaytlen. Her parents need to wake up, pay attention and get her on the straight path right away.

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