Vernon Barrett, Jr., a father from , Ohio, allegedly donned a clown mask and chased his daughter down the street, in an effort to scare and discipline her, according to WKBN.
As Barrett scared his daughter, she reportedly jumped into a stranger’s car and then entered a stranger’s apartment. She shouted about a clown trailing right behind her, according to police, as relayed by WKBN.
The family who was living in the home where the girl took refuge spotted the man wearing the clown mask.
Then, Dion Santiago, who was inside the apartment, reportedly fired a gunshot into the yard, missing the masked Barrett.
Barrett was later charged with child endangerment and inducing panic. Santiago was charged with using weapons while intoxicated, according to WKBN.
The father reportedly said the girl was having “behavioral issues” and so he decided to scare her instead of disciplining her.
This comes as the 6-year-old’s mother was reportedly jailed for child endangerment — in allegedly breaking four of the girl’s ribs.