Mother claims program shaved daughter's head without permission

An employee at the program says they cut the 7-year-old's hair because of a hygiene issue, but her mother disputes the claim.

CBS Boston

DRACUT, Mass. -- A mother who is suing a residential program for kids says a clinician had her daughter's head shaved without her permission.

CBS Boston reports Denise Robinson says her 7-year-old daughter's hair was very long before a clinician at the Little Heroes Home in Dracut took her to a salon where a volunteer cut her hair. The girl is now nearly bald.

"For them to do this, it's very upsetting, not just to me but to her," Robinson said.

Robinson says an employee at the program said they cut her hair because of a hygiene issue, which she disputes.

Robinson's attorney, Richard Kendell, says he was shocked by what the volunteer allegedly told the girl before the haircut.

"The volunteer informed this 7-year-old biracial child that by shaving her head, her hair would grow back straight," Kendell said. "I find that appalling."

The Little Heroes Home says a review of the circumstances is underway to "determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken."