ORLANDO, Fla. (CNN/WKMG) — A Florida grandmother was shocked to find out her 6-year-old granddaughter had been arrested Thursday for throwing a tantrum.
Meralyn Kirkland said Kaia’s journey to the juvenile detention center by Orlando Police Officers began at Lucious and Emma Nixon Elementary charter school.
Kaia was charged with battery, Kirkland said.
“‘What do you mean she was arrested?’ He said, ‘There was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way,'” Kirkland explained.
The disorienting chaos was too much for Kirkland to process.
“She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved and he says, ‘What medical condition?’ She has a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea. And he says, ‘Well I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave like that.”
First-grader Kaia was handcuffed and carted off where Kirkland said she was fingerprinted and even had a mug shot taken.
“They told us we had to wait a few minutes because Kaia was being fingerprinted. And when she said finger printed, it hit me like a ton of bricks,” Kirkland said. “No 6-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”
Kaia is happy to be back home.