A punishment of any kind, be it imposed by the judiciary or a parent, should match the infraction. Punishment is intended to serve as a course correction, not entertainment. But one father embarrassed his step-daughter as a form of punishment, and now he’s headed to jail for it.
Darnell Landrum is headed to lock-up for 120 days for shaving his 12 year old step-daughter’s head and forcing her to prance around in a diaper in front of her friends. The humiliating punishment was all because the 12 year old had been getting poor grades.
Landrum forced the girl to walk up and down their street with the shaven head and wearing the diaper, according to authorities.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the 12 year old outside the home crying and begging to be let back inside her home. The girl’s mother was also arrested after neighbors told police that she refused to allow her daughter back in the home.
The mother was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Landrum pleaded guilty to one count of malicious punishment. He must also perform 30 hours of community service, pay a $300 fine and complete two years probation.
In addition, Landrum can have no further contact with the 12 year old.
What do you think? Did this punishment go too far? Or did Landrum’s outrageous punishment warrant jail time, a fine, and probation?