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
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
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"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)
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