Denise Robinson says that her 7-year-old daughter's head was shaved without permission at the state-funded Little Heroes Group Home in Dracut, Massachusetts last week, CBS Boston reported.
"For them to do this, it’s very upsetting, not just to me but to her,” Robinson told CBS Boston.
Richard Kendall, Robinson's attorney, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from BuzzFeed News. The attorney told CBS Boston that a volunteer allegedly told Robinson's daughter that "her hair would grow back straight" following the shave.
“I find that appalling," Kendall said. According to CBS Boston, the mom is now suing the program.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the group home said that hygiene is factored into its grooming decisions.
"The Little Heroes Group Home is a residential program for children ages 5 to 11," the statement began. "The program employs a diverse staff that is attentive to the needs of all children. Decisions regarding grooming are based on a variety of factors, including hygiene."
"We cannot provide any information about any individual served by the program under federal and state law," the statement continued. "A review of the circumstances is underway to determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.” Officials also noted that for privacy reasons, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families does not, as policy, confirm whether or not a specific child is in its care.
When reached for comment, Robinson referred BuzzFeed News to her lawyer.
"Her hair was two pony tails on the side on Saturday, it was braided in the pony tails, there was nothing wrong with her hair,” Robinson told Boston25.