Florida mother acquitted in case involving daughter's genitalia piercing

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Florida woman who had her 13-year-old daughter's genitalia pierced to discourage sexual activity has been acquitted of aggravated child abuse.

The woman said she wanted to curb her daughter's promiscuity. She also had the girl's head shaved to make her unattractive to boys.

The jury said the woman's actions didn't involve malicious intent or cause permanent damage.

Defense attorneys said the girl agreed to the piercing. The teen testified that her mother was trying to protect her, but that the piercing hurt her physically, mentally and emotionally.

Prosecutors suggested the woman was getting back at her daughter because the teen's sex partners allegedly included the mother's boyfriend. There's a warrant out for him.

The person who did the piercing has been sentenced to a year in jail for her role.

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