44-year-old Steven Kenneth Helgason of Whiteford, Maryland has been arrested after he allegedly used a lighter and aerosol can to light his children’s hair on fire.
Police in Abingdon, MD were called after workers at the Sports Clips hair salon noticed that a boy there for a trim had hair that was noticeably burned.
During the investigation it was determined that the child along with at least three of his eight brothers and sisters had been injured by their father who used a rigged torch to burn them. Helgason allegedly used a lighter and an Axe deodorant spray to burn them. His victims range from 6-13 years old.
As well as being burned one of the children told police that his dad had stripped him and hung him upside down. Some of the children also reported that Helgason made their older brother burn them as well and that Helgason had burned them at least a hundred times/
According to court records Helgason has an Assault conviction from 2006 as well as Child Abuse from 1998. The child abuse incident was also the grounds with which Helgason’s ex-wife filed for divorce.
Helgason is charged with four counts of Child Abuse and is being held without bail.