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(NEW YORK POST) — A six-year-old Florida girl was arrested, cuffed and fingerprinted after she threw a kicking tantrum in her Orlando elementary school class — and grandma is not happy.
“She was charged with battery!” a stunned Meralyn Kirkland told NBC affiliate WFLA-TV of her grandaughter, Kaia.
The girl suffers from sleep apnea, a condition she is working on managing through medication, and was acting out from sleep deprivation, the grandmother said — and never should have been hauled off from her Orlando elementary school in handcuffs.
The girl’s grandmother said she was horrified to learn Kaia was arrested Thursday after she kicked a staff member at the Lucious and Emma Nixon Elementary charter school.
The pint-sized perp was cuffed and driven 8 miles to Orlando’s Juvenile Detention Center, where she was fingerprinted and had her mug shot taken, the report said.
Kirkland said she received a call from someone at the elementary school informing her the tot was in police custody.
“‘What do you mean she was arrested?’” Kirkland remembered saying during the unbelievable call.
“He said, ‘There was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way.’”
“No six-year-old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile center to be fingerprinted, mug shot,” Kirkland said.
Kaia was one of two children arrested that day — the other an eight-year-old tot — and an internal investigation is ongoing, according to local news website Click Orlando.