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'Diaper Duty' Charges: They Shaved Girl's Hair, Put Her in Diaper, Made Her Run in Public

Prosecutors say Fridley couple humiliated girl, 12, over schoolwork.

Anoka County prosecutors have filed charges against a Fridley couple who they say by shaving her hair and making her wear a diaper and little else in public.

The incident drew a crowd of 50 people in the 1600 block of 68th Avenue NE and lasted 30 minutes Monday evening, Fridley police said.

It's the third time it's happened, according to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday morning.

Stephanie Ann Broten, 38, and Darnell Alan Landrum, 35, each faces one count of malicious punishment of a child and remain in the Anoka County jail.

The girl is OK and and she and her three siblings are in foster care, according to Fridley Police Lt. Mike Monsrud.

Here is the charge each defendant faces and the statement of probable cause from the criminal complaint.

COUNT 1: MALICIOUS PUNISHMENT OF A CHILD
Minnesota Statutes 609.377; Subd. 2; 609.101
PENALTY: 0–1 Year and/or $900–$3,000

On or about May 7, 2012, in the County of Anoka, Minnesota, [Broten and Landrum], did as a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker, by an intentional act or a series of intentional acts with respect to a child, evidence unreasonable force or cruel discipline that is excessive under the circumstances, and the punishment results in less than substantial bodily harm.

STATEMENT OF PROBABLE CAUSE

The Complainant states that the following facts establish probable cause:

You complainant is Officer Michael Williams of the Fridley Police Department. In that capacity, your complainant has reviewed writter reports, conducted an investigation of his own, and learned the facts stated herein.

1. On May 08, 2012 at approximately 7:16 PM, Fridley police were dispatched to a townhome on 68th Avenue NE, Fridley, in Anoka County, Minnesota, on a report of a juvenile female with her head shaved being forced to run outside wearing a diaper.

2. [Witness] observed twelve year-old [girl] standing outside or over thirty minutes wearing a diaper and tank top. [Witness] said [girl] was being disciplined for getting an "F" on her report card and that her parents had also shaved her head.

3. Officers arrived and found [girl] hysterically crying. There were approximately thirty to fifty people, including several adult men and teenage boys, who had gathered to watch [girl] who was wearing a tank top and adult diaper. Her entire head had been shaved recently, as there were shavings on her neck and chest. While being escorted to a squad car, an on-looking neighbor took a baby blanket off of her own child and wrapped it around [girl] to cover her up.

4. [Girl's] mother Stephanie Ann Broten (DOB 4-13-74) ... said she did not see what the problem was and that she was simply disciplining her child by embarassing her. [Broten's] husband ... Darnell Alan Landrum (12-01-77) said that [girl] was warned several times that is she did not start listening in school and getting better grades she would be forced to wear a diaper and shave her head.

5. [Girl] indicated she did not bring her school assignments home and was told by [Broten] that she would be getting her head shaved and that she would be on "diaper duty." [Broten] shaved her head and [Landrum] forced her to put on a diaper. She was then forced to go outside and repeatedly sprint from the basketball court and back. [Girl] said she had run the distance five times before police arrived. One of her classmates from school saw [girl] and was calling her name while she was running but [girl] told him to leave her alone. [Girl] said several people saw her in her diaper and that this is the third time she has been put on "diaper duty."

Note: The quoted material above combines nearly identical language that appears in the criminal complaints against each defendant. Their names appear in brackets where the text differs between the two complaints. The complaint identifies the witness and the girl who prosecutors allege was the victim by their initials; they appear here as "[witness]" and "[girl]" for their privacy.

Amy Reierson May 09, 2012 at 05:44 PM
That's it thats all they will be charged with for scarring this girl for life. And all of those people standing around doing nothing why aren't they being charged we have Good Samaritan laws in Minnesota why aren't they being fined for letting this happen.
Dave McCoy May 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
This just makes a person sick. "She didn't see what the problem was"? Hopefully a few years in prison will clear that up for her. In a diaper and tank top, of course.
purple purple May 09, 2012 at 06:57 PM
These townhouses have had their problems with renters for years! Where does this landlord get these tenants? It is a little ghetto on Fridley.
Kate Gleason Jonak May 09, 2012 at 10:29 PM
The people that watched for 30 minutes make me really angry. The parents will get their due plus, but these awful "watchers" get nothing.
Denny Green May 10, 2012 at 02:28 PM
The reason people stood and watched was to make sure no physical harm was being inflicted on the child. If a grown man tried to go up to a young girl in a diaper he might be accused of being a pervert or child molester. It is exactly the misguided political correctness in society that keeps people from offering to help in these situations. Think before you cast blame people.
Wisky Neighbor May 10, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Those kids have no chance unless you take em away for good. Ghetto is taught and not a product of society. You can be who you want to be no matter how much income you have. There are programs out there to help and if you don't use them AND help yourself, you'll be GHETTO FOR LIFE just like these two roaches. Squash them and give their young to good homes.
Amy Reierson May 10, 2012 at 03:43 PM
To Denny Green: no one had to walk up to that girl and do anything but anyone one standing there to watch could have picked up a phone at any time. Why did it take 30 minutes for someone to call? And any man or adult for that matter who is afraid of being called a pervert for helping an endangered child should be ashamed of themselves.
Connie May 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM
What is so sad is that this is not the first time social service has been called on this mother and where is the father? I cannot believe anyone would watch this for any length of time. I think the mother should get her head shaved and be on diaper duty the whole time she is in jail. This is so horrible and for those two to laugh about it the worst! That girl will never hear and I am sorry from those two and believe the words.
Julie May 11, 2012 at 01:39 AM
the sad thing....these horrible people will get their kids back.. thanks to the awesome state on minnesota!! So many kids are miss treated and abused, but the kids are given back to the abusers.
LJM515 June 03, 2012 at 06:53 PM
What this case needs is a judge who practices "an eye for an eye" as punishment. Both of these 2 so called "adults" in diapers & shaved heads on the corner of a busy intersection with signs on them saying " I AM A CHILD ABUSER". Let the general public take it from there.
HanaBanana July 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM
To Amy Reierson, people watching may have called right when they saw, but the police do have to prioritize and maybe a bank robbery was taking place at the time or something major like that. You can't assume that no one called sooner because police don't just rush off to every crime scene. They have to decide which situation is more critical and attend to it.
Amy Reierson July 17, 2012 at 06:42 PM
HanaBanana, the abuse and or neglect of any child should be a top priority and it is stated that a call wasn't received till 30 minutes after this started is that right in the article. Witnesses should be held accountable too, if I stood and did nothing while someone was in danger I would hope someone would hold me accountable for not stopping something this ugly.
Jen March 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM
You want to embarrass her? Make her carry all her books home. Ban her from a school dance or outing. But that was over kill.

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