This has not been a good week for Long Island mother Daphne Melin. First she drives her daughter to a schoolyard brawl on Sunday and instead of getting a "mom of the year" award gets arrested for assaulting a 12-year-old girl and now? Now she may lose her kids.
The Post is reporting that Child Protective Services is investigating the fight-supporting momma. And though Suffolk County is declining to confirm or deny the story Suffolk Social Services Commissioner Gregory Blass did tell the tabloid, “It’s a disgrace. We have seen this on more than one occasion.” A source inside CPS also told the paper the pretty obvious fact that “A mother cannot escort her child to a fight and not have an investigation by Child Protective Services.”
Meanwhile, Melin continues to maintain that the whole thing only happened because her daughter's school district didn't respond to her complaints about cyberbullying—but the school district says that is not the full story. They admit that Melin came to them with a report about bullying, but the school superintendent says that "The student that we were investigating was not the students who were involved in the altercation. So it's really two different circumstances."
Also? In an interview with WABC, Melin amazingly claims she didn't mean to spit on and knee that other 12-year-old girl in the head twice, it is just that her back was turned. "I would never attack a 12-year-old," she said. "I would never do that. I had no idea who it was, my back was turned."
Melin is currently free on bail, but the cellphone video of her daughter's fight—which concludes with Melin kneeing a different 12-year-old girl—lives on for the ages, if no longer on YouTube: