A Florida woman who gained national attention with her fashionable mug shots for weekends in jail is behind bars again. The Orlando Sentinel says the latest booking photo of hairdresser Kaylin Ransom is far from glamorous. She kept her sparkling smile but was forced to remove her stylish hair weave. The 22-year-old Ocala woman is being held at Lake County Jail without bail and without a weave for a lot longer than a weekend at a time.
Ransom was serving a rare weekends-in-jail sentence for aggravated battery and child abuse without great harm under a plea agreement after she was accused of hitting a rival woman with a baseball bat and pushing her kids out of a parked car last year. With only two weekends left on her 90-day sentence, Ransom was re-arrested Dec. 3 and charged with violating her probation after she was accused of being away from home on three weekdays in November without first getting permission. Ransom says she was forced to remove her weave for an unflattering photo as payback for the media attention of her glamorous booking photos. Jail officials deny that. “I was physically, like, made to take the picture,” Ransom said. “They were trying to humiliate me just for the media. It’s just because of the article.” After Ransom and her mugs were featured in the Sentinel, other media outlets, including ABCnews.com and Essence.com, as well as various blogs, picked up her story. Gretl Plessinger, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Corrections, says Ransom’s arrest Dec. 3 had nothing to do with her media attention.