JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman flagged down an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to report a dispute with her daughter who had run away from home -- but it was the woman who ended up under arrest, and now she faces a child abuse charge.
When the daughter spoke with the officer about the situation, the investigator noticed some red marks and bruising on the girl’s body. Then she told the officer her mother would beat her with an extension cord, as recently as the day before, and said she had to get away from her mom to escape the abuse.
The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified about Lashunia McMillian’s arrest, police said.
McMillian drove from Tallahassee to Jacksonville after she suspected her daughter had run away to Jacksonville to see her boyfriend.
McMillian knew where her daughter’s boyfriend lived in Jacksonville, so she went there and spotted her daughter take off in a car with the girl’s boyfriend and the boyfriend’s sister.
She followed the trio until their car ran out of gas on New Kings Road, and that’s when McMillian flagged down the officer.
She said her daughter left the night before without telling anyone.
The marks and bruises on the victim's arms looked as if she was struck with a belt or extension cord, the arresting officer wrote in the police report.
McMillian was booked into the Duval County Jail and ordered held on $5,000 bond.