A Missouri mom has been arrested and now faces up to a year in jail for misdemeanor child endangerment charges after a photo showing both her and her 14 year old daughter topless was circulated around two area high schools.
She and her daughter were in their hot tub when the woman's 13 year old daughter snapped the photo with her sister's phone. The photo was later sent it via Snapchat to an undisclosed recipient who then did what kids do and took a screenshot of the topless 14 year old in a hot tub with her also topless mother and shared it.
And that person shared it. And that other person shared it. And...you get the idea.
The 50 year old mother and her 14 year old daughter can be seen covering their nipples in the photo, which prosecutors believe is proof that the picture was posed.
The mother, however, shares a different side of the story.
In her version of events, she was attempting to get out of the hot tub when the younger teenager snapped the photo. She alleges she told her 13 year old to "delete that photo."
Which clearly the younger daughter did not do and now the photo has gone viral through two high schools.
There's so much not being said about this situation that it's hard to get a clear picture (har har har) about what, exactly, transpired.
For starters, is the prosecutor more concerned with the family's loose rules on nudity or the fact that the photo was distributed? Is anyone talking to the 13 year old who took the photo to explain proper photo-taking etiquette?
And what of the person who originally shared it and the person who shared it again?
Perhaps the mother isn't the only one who deserves to be called on the carpet here. And maybe this family needs a "no phones by the hot tub" rule from here on out.