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December 18, 2013 permalink
Latest pretext for child protection: sharing a hot tub with family members.
Wentzville mom charged for topless hot tub photo with her daughter
WENTZVILLE • A mother who was photographed topless in a hot tub with her 14-year-old daughter, who was also topless, has been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.
The image was circulated through social media at two high schools.
The 50-year-old woman is not being identified by the Post-Dispatch to protect her daughter’s identity. She could not be reached for comment.
The photo was shot with the girl’s phone by her sister, police said. It was taken Nov. 14 in a hot tub at their Wentzville home.
According to St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar, the mother told authorities she had no idea the image would be circulated, but it was viewed by students at two high schools through Snapchat, a messaging app that allows users to send text, photos and videos that disappear after a few seconds. The woman’s son attends one of the schools and was ridiculed by his classmates because of the photo, authorities said.
Lohmar said it was clear that the woman and her daughter had knowingly posed for the photo. Both of them were covering their nipples, but their breasts were exposed, he said.
“This is an example of some extremely poor judgment by a parent,” Lohmar said.
This was not the first time a nude photo of the girl was distributed at a school, according to court documents. Last year, the girl had to undergo court-mandated counseling in reference to taking nude photos of herself and passing them around her school.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch