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The answer to that question is Minnesota. There, mother Stephanie Brotena and her live-in boyfriend, Darnell Landrum, called themselves punishing their daughter for bad grades when they publicly humiliated her in their neighborhood. But now they are the ones facing punishment after police officers arrested them and took their children into custody for their antics.

The couple has been charged with malicious punishment after they forced their 12-year-old daughter to run around their neighborhood doing laps and picking up garbage in nothing but a tank top and an adult diaper—after they shaved her head. They said they told the girl she’d be on “diaper duty” if she didn’t do well in school and this was their way of keeping that promise.

According to Fox, at least 50 people watched the humiliating spectacle until someone finally called the police. When they showed up about 30 minutes later, the girl was said to be crying and hysterical. Her parents on the other hand, still didn’t grasp the severity of the punishment—or their own. According to Police Lt. Mike Monsrud:

“What is perhaps the most disturbing is that all the way up to the jail, the couple was laughing and joking, not believing they were involved in anything inappropriate. They questioned police involvement. They believed it was their decision as parents to discipline the girl.”

Now they won’t be doing much disciplining at all since the girl and her three siblings were taken into protective custody.  I’m pretty sure they’re done laughing now too since they face up to a year in jail if convicted of these charges. I’m thinking that might not be such a bad ruling in this case. What about you?

Was the parent’s punishment too excessive?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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