Parents are supposed to be the voice of reason. But that wasn't the case with one Facebook fight mom, who drove her daughter to a fight, egged it on, and then joined the fight.
Daphne Melin, a 32-year-old Suffolk County mom, drove her 12-year-old daughter to William Floyd Elementary School over the weekend to participate in a Facebook-induced fight, reports the New York Post.
Apparently, Melin's daughter got into a dispute on Facebook with several 13-year-old girls over a boy. The other girls made threats to the younger Merlin saying things like "we're going to jump you in school" and "Im fg this ct up," reports the Post.
Saying that her daughter was the victim of cyberbullying, Melin claims that she drove her daughter to confront her tormentors after the school failed to do anything to stop it. At the fight, things really got ugly as Merlin egged on the fight and then participated in the fight throwing a teenage girl spectator to the ground and kicking her, reports the Post.
There were about a dozen kids who witnessed the fight after a post on Facebook. No one was seriously hurt, including the girl Melin attacked. Nevertheless, Merlin was charged with child endangerment.
Normally, child endangerment charges are brought when a parent harms a minor under her care. However, the charge can be brought whenever an adult puts any child in harm's way.
Facebook fight mom lost her senses even if she won a fight. Now, Daphne Melin faces child endangerment charges and could receive jail time.
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