Mum at Miami airport hurls computer at American Airlines worker after losing her kids: ‘I went into a panic’

An Alabama mother has been arrested at Miami International Airport after she was caught on video throwing a computer screen at an American Airlines gate guard during an altercation that police say left the employee “beaten.”

Investigators said Camellia McMelly, 25, now faces charges of aggravated battery, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following the incident on Tuesday after she lost track of her children.

“I went into a panic,” one witness told WSVN. “This is what happened.”

The Miami-Dade Police Department says McMillie, of Birmingham, was traveling to New York City and had her flight checked in at gate D-39 “after she was rebooked due to missing her previous flight.

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Miami-Dade County Sheriff’s Office said the incident involving Camellia McMelly “resulted in the gate agent being beaten.” (@onlyindade/Twitter | Miami-Dade County/Fox News corrections)

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A woman was arrested at Miami International Airport and charged with assaulting an American Airlines employee on Tuesday. (@onlyindade/Twitter/Fox News)

“While the matter was with the gate agent, her two minor children moved away without warning to use the nearby restrooms,” the police said in a statement. “As soon as the subject noticed that the children were not with her, she became angry and started screaming, demanding that the gate agent find her children.”

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Miami International Airport alleged assault

A woman was arrested at Miami International Airport and charged with assaulting an American Airlines employee on Tuesday. (@onlyindade/Twitter/Fox News)

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An American Airlines Boeing 777 sits at a gate at Miami International Airport on November 14. (Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Investigators say McMillie then “pulled the boarding pass reader from the wooden table, damaging the equipment and work surface area” and “as she continued to scream, she grabbed the computer monitor and threw it at the gate agent, striking her in the shoulder.”

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American Airlines planes are parked at their gates at Miami International Airport on December 10, 2021 in Florida. (Joe Raedel/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Video taken by a witness shows the gate attendant – wearing ceremonial reindeer antlers – preparing for cover as a screen is tossed in her direction. Other footage purportedly shows McMally knocking electronics to the ground.

The police affidavit obtained by FOX Business says the American Airlines employee sustained a bruise on her right shoulder while McMillie is believed to have caused over $10,000 in damages.

Police also told FOX Business that the Florida Department of Children and Families is helping McMelly’s children.

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