Missouri mom charged for topless hot tub photo with teen daughter

Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:49pm GMT

Related Topics

(Reuters) - A photo of a topless Missouri mother and her bare-breasted teenage daughter in a hot tub has landed the mother in hot water with the law.

Mari Hieken, of Wentzville, Missouri, has been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment and could face a year in jail after the photo of herself and her 14-year-old daughter circulated on some Internet social media sites, law enforcement officials said.

A police report said the incident took place November 14 at the woman's home as she and her daughter "knowingly posed for a topless photograph." The photo was circulated in two area high schools, the police report states.

The mother told a local television station she was not posing, and did not intend for the photo to be taken, let alone distributed, but that another daughter snapped the photo before Hieken could stop her.

Hieken could not be reached to comment independently.

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lomar told local media the woman should be held to account on the charges, which were filed December 12.

"The mother was very clearly present, involved when the picture was taken," Lomar told St. Louis television station KMOV in an interview. "It certainly had some sexual overtones. This was a mother who made a very poor choice."

Lomar declined to provide further comment.

(Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City; editing by Gunna Dickson)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (4)
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Should the state really be interfering to such a overbearing degree into peoples lives?

The law enforcement employees should find better ways of earning their taxpayers salary.

Dec 19, 2013 5:06pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
rwj001 wrote:
How ridiculous – are there no real criminals to go after in St. Charles County? Prosecutor Tim Lomar is wasting tax payers’ money on stupid prosecutions.

Dec 20, 2013 2:30am GMT  --  Report as abuse
voluntaryist72 wrote:
If you are NOT free to disregard demands for your obedience, allegiance, wealth, or property,
from any person or entity, you are a Slave. Any form of Slavery is wrong.
To be TRULY FREE, you must have no Master, not even one some may have Voted for. End All Slavery.
VOLUNTARYISM TODAY.

Dec 22, 2013 8:50am GMT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.