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Mom Arrested After Bruised Daughter Sent To School In Humiliating Shirt

Melany Joyce Alexander, 31, was arrested Friday in Florida on suspicion of child abuse after authorities said she beat her daughter with a belt.

Posted on February 23, 2015, at 11:27 p.m. ET

A Florida woman was arrested Friday after authorities said she sent her daughter to school with bruises and a shirt shaming her for bad grades, NBC News reported.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office

Melany Joyce Alexander was accused of child abuse after Hernando County Sheriff's deputies responded to West Hernando Middle School.

According to the arrest report, the girl said she was hit multiple times with a belt, Bay News 9 reported. The Department of Children and Families said the bruising was excessive.

A handwritten message on the girl's shirt also recounted why she was being punished.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office / Via NBC News

"My name is [redacted]. I currently have all F's in all of my classes. I am not aloud to have a boyfriend no time soon. SO back off before I get another good woopin like I got las night. Also I can no longer have any friends until all of my F's are all brought up to C's and Up!!!"

She was focusing too much on her social life instead of learning and listening to teachers, the message continued.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office / Via

"So unless you are helping me with this goal... back off!!! My eating French fries and being a social butterfly is over because I know why my parents send me to school. I now know the importance of my education. I will learn. I will listen to my teachers and be respectful, at all times. I will do these things because I am failing due to my social life. Want to be my friend, help me by not!!!"

She was given an alternate shirt to wear at school.

Alexander was arrested and held in lieu of $2,500 bond. In 2011 she was also arrested on suspicion of stalking after authorities said she harassed a family, including stuffing their mailbox full of meat.

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