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Shirley Mom Daphne Melin Talks About Brawl Between Daughter, Girl, 12

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Daphne Melin outside her home on Sept. 13, 2011 (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Daphne Melin outside her home on Sept. 13, 2011 (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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SHIRLEY, NY (CBSNewYork) –One Long Island town is still buzzing over a mother accused of driving her 12-year-old daughter to an elementary school to allegedly fight another 12-year-old girl.

Suffolk County police say Daphne Melin of Shirley drove her daughter Jade to the William Floyd Elementary School on Sunday afternoon and egged her on to brawl with another girl she had been fighting with on Facebook.

Melin Talks to 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera:


“It progressed to a point where they agreed to meet at a local elementary school for a fight,” said Lt. Timothy Dillon, commander officer of the 7 precinct crime section who would not confirm that Melin is in fact the mother of one of the 12 year olds.

When the scuffle ended, police say the 32-year-old spit and cursed at another 12-year-old girl, who was watching the fight with a group of kids, after she criticized Melin for not breaking it up.

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“The 12-year-old girl was stating that it was not right that this adult would be standing there watching this fight going on and not attempting to break up the fight,” Dillon said.

According to Dillon, Melin then grabbed the girl by the hair and tried to knee her in the head several times.

Someone recorded it all on a cell phone and posted the video on YouTube and Facebook, but police say the video has since been taken down and seized as evidence.

Melin, a mother of three, said it didn’t happen that way and that her daughter is the victim of a cyber bully. “They threatened to jump her in school, oh don’t worry we’ll take care of her tomorrow at school,” she first told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “It’s just a horrible nightmare.”

“It’s not true. I’m not the monster they make me out to be,” Melin told CBS2′s Jennifer McLogan. “I went to the principal last and week they didn’t do anything, said it was an online issue and they couldn’t do anything about it.”

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Melin’s next door neighbor Gina Parrinello said she found the whole incident hard to believe.

“She seemed like a normal stay-at-home mom,” said Parrinello.

On Tuesday, the William Floyd School District issued a statement:

“We were alerted this morning by the Suffolk County Police that a Shirley woman was arrested in connection with a fight that occurred over the weekend on our school property.

We were informed that the fight may have resulted from postings on Facebook among a group of teenage girls who are also students in our district.

We have no further comment as it is now a police matter.  We will continue to work cooperatively with the SCPD in their investigation.”

WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall: Authorities Are Calling This Crime Outrageous


Melin turned herself in. She’s charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of attempted assault.

She was released on bail and will be back in court on December 1.

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